Kim Cascone

Kim Cascone ( born December 21, 1955 in Albion, Michigan ) is a composer of electronic and electro-acoustic music in the fields of Ambient and Industrial. He is the founder of the label Silent Records and runs his own label Anechoic Media. Cascone is married to Kathleen Cascone and has a son, Cage, who was named after John Cage.

Musical Career

Cascone studied music with a focus on electronic music at Berklee College of Music ( 1973-76 ), Audio Engineering at the Institute of Audio Research, New York City, and theoretical foundations of electronics at the RCA Institute in New York City. After graduating, he worked in the 1980s as an electrical engineer for various music companies like Crumar, Eventide, the Hyde Street Studios and Orban Associates. In 1983 he moved to San Francisco. He was Assistant Music Editor for David Lynch ( Twin Peaks and in Wild at Heart ) in 1989 and then worked at the Saul Zaentz Film Center and at George Lucas ' Skywalker Ranch.

In 1986 he founded Silent Records, then Pulsoniq Distribution, Furnace Records, Flask Records and Sulphur Records and released his music under the pseudonym PGR ( Poison Gas Research ). His first publications are heavily influenced by the first wave of the Industrial 1980s. He is best known under the name Heavenly Music Corporation, the name speaks at a piece on the album ( no pussyfooting ) by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. Under this name, Kim Cascone released four albums from 1993 to 1996.

1996 sold Cascone Silent Records and Pulsoniq Distribution to work as a sound designer and composer for Thomas Dolby's company Headspace. He then worked as Content Director for Staccato Systems, an offshoot of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, where he helped develop an algorithm for realistic audio atmospheres and background music for video games. In 1998, he began again, even to make music, and has since released on various labels as well as his own new label Anechoic media mainly under his real name.

Collaborations and working methods

Cascone has released more than 40 albums since 1984 and worked with Oval, Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Tony Conrad, Scanner, John Tilbury, Domenico Sciajno, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Rehberg, Carsten Nicolai, Doug Aitken, David Toop and others. The collaboration with other musicians is mostly carried out on the basis of Digidesign's Pro Tools, while he mainly composes his own work with Cycling74s Max / MSP or constructed / designed.

Articles and Essays on Music

In addition, he has published articles and papers for academic journals and magazines written media, including. For the Computer Music Journal from MIT, Artbyte, Contemporary Music Review, Sound Cultures, Parachute Journal, Junk Jet, surveyors and Zehar In particular he is known for his pioneering essay The Aesthetics of Failure, in the use of digital noise and systemic incorrect operation under post- digital composition and for the laptop music is presented. The essay is read by many students in courses on digital media at universities.

Recent work

Last Cascone has dealt with anthropogenic noise in oceanic environments and created a sound art festival under the name Hydrophonia to life, which took place previously in Genoa, San Sebastian and Barcelona. At this festival occur mainly sound artist who worked with hydrophones as well as with speaker systems at the level of bioacoustic and anthropogenic noise and also offer workshops for the construction of hydrophones. Since 2009 he is engaged in the Schillinger system of composition. He is a band member of the band Astral Fish, hydrosphere, Pattern Clear ( 2), PGR, Satellite IV, the Spice Barons and the Thessalonians.


When Kim Cascone

  • Blue Cube [] ( Raster-Noton 1998)
  • Cathode Flower ( ritornello 1999)
  • Residualism ( ritornello 2001)
  • Dust Theories ( c74 2001)
  • The Crystalline Address, with scanner ( Sub Rosa 2002)
  • Pulsar Studies ( anechoic 2004)
  • Rondo/7Phases/Blowback, with Merzbow ( Sub Rosa 2004)
  • Statistically Improbable Phrases ( anechoic 2006)
  • The Astrum Argentum ( anechoic 2008)
  • Pharmacie: Green & Red ( anechoic 2008)
  • Music for Dagger & Guitar ( Aural Terrains 2008)
  • The Knotted Constellation ( fourteen rotted coordinates ) (Monotype 2011)


  • Silence ( PGR, 1985)
  • The Flickering of Sowing Time ( RRRecords, 1986)
  • Cyclone Inhabited by Immobility ( Permis de Construire, 1987)
  • The Black Field ( Silent, 1989)
  • Fetish, with Arcane Device (Silent, 1990)
  • The Chemical Bride (Silent, 1992)
  • The Morning Book of Serpents (Silent, 1995)
  • A Hole of Unknown Depth ( Silent, 1996)

As Heavenly Music Corporation

  • In a Garden of Eden (Silent, 1993)
  • Consciousness III (Silent, 1994)
  • Lunar phase (Silent, 1995)
  • Anechoic (Silent, 1996)

With KGB Trio

  • Swiss Pharmaceuticals ( Utech, 2005)
  • Smoke on Devil's Mountain ( Scrapple Records, 2008)
  • Noise Forest ( Aural Terrains, 2009)