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The Wire Tapper 28

Track 6

"Schönberg Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke, Op 19"

From 1 Terabyte Of Nois

James Whitehead aka JLIAT describes himself as a “UK conceptual/drone/Noise artist, who is seriously posing what might seem to be unanswerable questions of music”. Since the 1990s, he has brought out about 100 releases, beginning with Ambient droneworks, but his later pieces vary from guitar noise, conceptual records of silence, war sounds and pure noise. Some people describe Whitehead as the composer who has taken the concept of anti-music the furthest. In any case, he seldom makes use of the full auditory spectrum: you either get absolute cacophony or silence.