|Birth name Kim Cascone|
|Name Kim Cascone|
Years active 1983â€“present
|Born December 21, 1955 (age 59)
Albion, Michigan, United States (1955-12-21) |
Genres Microsound Noise Ambient Ambient Industrial Electro-acoustic Field Recording Binaural Beats
Occupation(s) Composer Writer Sound Designer Teacher Lecturer
Instruments Laptop Max/MSP CSound Pure Data Synthesizer field recorder Ardour Hydrophones
Associated acts Heavenly Music Corporation PGR Spice Barons Thessalonians KGB
Albums The Astrum Argentum, The Crystalline Address
Record labels Raster-Noton, Silent Records, Sub Rosa
Similar People Richard Chartier, Andrey Kiritchenko, Keith Rowe, Scanner, Merzbow
Education Berklee College of Music
Organizations founded Silent Records
Noise Nacht TV: Show #2 Part 1 of 2
Kim Cascone (December 21, 1955) is an American composer of electronic music who is known for his releases in the ambient, industrial and electro-acoustic genre on his own record label, Silent Records.
- Noise Nacht TV: Show #2 Part 1 of 2
- As PGR
- As Heavenly Music Corporation
- with KGB Trio
- with Spice Barons
In the late 1989 Cascone became an assistant music editor for director David Lynch on Twin Peaks and Wild At Heart. He has used various aliases over the years but became best known under the moniker Heavenly Music Corporation, a name taken from a track on the record (No Pussyfooting) by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. Cascone released four full albums under this name from 1993 to 1996.
In 1996 Cascone sold Silent Records and Pulsoniq Distribution to work as a sound designer/composer for Thomas Dolby's company Headspace. After Headspace, Cascone went on to serve as the Director of Content for Staccato Systems, a spin-off company from CCRMA, Stanford University where he co-invented an algorithm for realistic audio atmospheres and backgrounds for video games called Event Modeling. He returned to making music in 1999 and has since been releasing records using his own name on various labels as well as his own label, anechoic (named after his last Heavenly Music Corporation release), which he established in 1996. Cascone has released more than 40 albums of electronic music since 1984 and has recorded/performed with Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Tony Conrad, Scanner, John Tilbury, Domenico Sciajno and Pauline Oliveros among others.
In academic writing, Cascone is known for his paper The Aesthetics of Failure, which outlined the use of digital glitches and systemic failure in the creation of post-digital and laptop music. He is also on the Advisory Board of the academic sound journal Interference based in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2016 Cascone rebooted his record label Silent Records and is digitally distributed by The Orchard. In 2016 Cascone became the Music Director for The Silent Channel on SomaFM an online streaming radio station that features the Silent Records catalog.