Instrument relatives of the guitar can be traced back as far as the 3rd century. Many adaptations were made to the interface over hundreds of years: 3, 5 strings, coupled strings, no coupled strings, 6 strings, always changing with technological advances in instrument craft, new materials from overseas locations, and selection pressures brought upon by musical fashions of the day. The 20th century mixture of guitar + electricity (pickups, amplifiers, processing circuits) changed music as we know it. The 21st century guitar, still cousin to the third century Arabian ‘ud, can now be seduced by personal computers and software tools. The old stringed melody-maker, re-sonified and exploded though do-it-yourself digital signal processing, has assumed yet a new form of assemblage and mixture with modern technology. Suddenly the 6 strings seem refreshed, and open to a new notion of guitar music; a music generated from vibrating strings meshed with software processes.

12k embraces this idea by presenting four artists who create contemporary sonic hybrids of guitar and digital processing. E•A•D•G•B•E is by no means trying to be a definitive voice of these practices, but rather a sound focused through the 12k filter of minimalism and subtle textures.

The title, E•A•D•G•B•EE, comes from the root tunings of each string on a 6-stringed guitar.

Fonica are duo Keiichi Sugimoto (Fourcolor) and Cheason from Tokyo, Japan. Keiichi is also a member of Minamo and runs the Cubic Music label. Cheason designs all the artwork for the Plop label.

Keith Fullerton Whitman has produced full length recordings for the Kranky, Locust, Planet-Mu, and Reckankreuzungs Klankewerkzeuge labels under his own name as well as under the guise of Hrvatski. He has collaborated with Matmos, Oren Ambarchi, David Grubbs, Michael Karoli, and Joseph Suchy.

Sébastien Roux is in charge of development in the room acoustics team at IRCAM (Paris) where he builds spatialisation and room effect synthesis tools. He first explored music as a guitarist in various experimental-post rock-ambient bands. His current solo work can be defined as melodic, electronic and organic ambient compositions based on digitally processed guitar drones. He also plays with Eddie Ladoire in a duet called Heller in which he combines his electronics drones with Eddie’s hyper digital manipulations.

Christopher Willits is a musician, multimedia artist and sound engineer located in San Francisco. His musical focus is characterized by guitar + computer software processing and improvisation that generates a unique folded and woven surface of melody and rhythm. In late 2002 12k released Folding, and the Tea, the first widely distributed release of Willits’ folded guitar recordings. Willits studied Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College, and he instructs Sound Design and Electronic Music courses at the San Francisco Art Institute, Vista College, and The Bay Area Video Coalition.


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Keiichi Sugimoto is an artist and composer from Japan and plays in several sound projects such as FilFla, FourColor, Minamo and Fonica.His compositions have been released from record labels throughout the world such as 12K (US), apestaartje (US), Tom Lab (Germany), and HEADZ (Japan). As FourColor, his album Water Mirror was chosen among the best electronica albums in the The Wire (UK). He has also toured extensively in Europe, Asia, Australia, the United States, and Canada. He has provided numerous…

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Sebastien Roux

Sébastien Roux (born 1977) writes electronic music, and presents it in diverse formats, from CD's and records, to public listening sessions, sound installations, sound walks, and radio pieces. In 2011 he began to develop an approach focused on principles of translation, analyzing the structures of pre-existing art works (visual, musical, literary) and transposing them into into scores for new works (radiophonic or electro-acoustic taped music). This process has led to the creation of:Quatuor (2011) an…

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Christopher Willits

Christopher Willits is a musician, artist and teacher based in San Francisco who believes that music and art can catalyze inner change. Willits creates meditative ambient electronic music created with guitar and voice, that is designed to overlap with his own cinematic audiovisual work. These immersive experiences of sound and light speak to a global audience on a universal level. His music on labels such as Ghostly International has garnered critical acclaim, sending him on…

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