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Carl Stone


Tokyo, JP         

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as "the king of sampling." and "one of the best composers living in (the USA) today." He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between California and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Information Media Technology Department, School of Information Science and Technology at Chukyo University in Japan. A winner of numerous awards for his compositions, including the Freeman Award for the work Hop Ken, Carl Stone is also the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Foundation for Performance Arts. In 1984 he was commissioned to compose a new work premiered as part of the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles. His music was selected by the dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones for the production 1-2-3. In that same year. In 1989 he resided for 6 months in Japan under a grant from the Asian Cultural Council and in that same year, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles commissioned a new work, Thonburi as part of the radio series "Territory of Art". In 1990 he was commissioned to create music for a 60-minute program for ZDF Television in West Germany entitled Made in Hollywood. In 1991 he received separate commissions from Michiko Akao (She Gol Jib, for traditional Japanese flute and electronics), Sumire Yoshihara (for percussionist and electronics) and Sony PCL (Recurring Cosmos, for High Definition video and electronics), which was awarded special honors at the International Electric Cinema Festival in Switzerland in 1991. In 1993, he was commissioned by the Paul Dresher Ensemble to create a new work, Ruen Pair, with funds from the Meet the Composer/Reader's Digest Commissioning Program. In 1994 he was commissioned by the Strings Plus Festival, Kobe to create Mae Ploy, for string quartet and electronics. In that same year he also created Banh Mi So, for ondes martenot and piano, at the request of Takashi Harada and Aki Takahashi. In 1995, he was commissioned by NTT/Japan to create a new work for the internet, Yam Vun Sen, as part of IC95. In 1996, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, he created music for The Noh Project, a collaboration with choreographer June Watanabe and Noh master Anshin Uchida. In 1997 he was commissioned by Bay Area Pianists and Cal Performances to create a new work, Sa Rit Gol, for disklavier and pianist, as part of the Henry Cowell Centennial Celebration at UC Berkeley. Other festival performances in 1997 included Other Minds (San Francisco) and TonArt (Bern). In 1999 he was invited as Scholar-in- Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center. In 2001 he served as Artist-in-Residence at the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Japan, and in that same year he joined the faculty of Chukyo University's School of Cognitive and Computer Sciences. In 2011 Stone lived in Italy for six weeks as artist-in-residence under the sponsorship of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. In that same year the Getty Museum presented a retrospective concert of his work as part of the Pacific Standard Time Festival in Los Angeles. In September 2013 he will be a featured performer at Ars Electronica, Linz. Recordings of Carl Stone's music has been released on New Albion, CBS Sony, Toshiba-EMI, EAM Discs, Wizard Records, Trigram, t:me recordings, New Tone, Intone, and Unseen Worlds labels, as well as others. Carl Stone's music has been used by numerous theater directors, filmmakers and choreographers including Hiroshi Koike (Pappa Tarahumara), Akira Kasai, Bill T. Jones, Pat O’ Neil, Ping Chong, June Watanabe, Setsuko Yamada, Kuniko Kisanuki, Dorit Cypis, Rudy Perez, Hae Kyung Lee, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Kathleen Rogers, and Blondell Cummings. Musical collaborations include those with Yuji Takahashi, Kazue Sawai, Aki Takahashi, Yasuaki Shimizu, Sarah Cahill, Wu Wei, Haco, Samm Bennett, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Michiko Akao, Stelarc, z'ev, Tosha Meisho, Otomo Yoshihide, Min Xiao-Fen and Mineko Grimmer. Stone served as a board member of the American Music Center from 1984- 2002 (President from 1992-95. He was the Director of Meet the Composer/California from 1981-1997, and Music Director of KPFK-fm in Los Angeles from 1978-1981. He hosted a weekly program on KPFA-fm in the Bay Area from 1994 to 2001. Other activities have included serving as a regular columnist for Sound & Recording Magazine in Japan, serving as web editor for Other Minds, a world wide web site devoted to New Music, and for the official web site of the John Cage Trust. From 2007-2009 he he contributed a regular column to the American Music Center’s New Music Box website.


Articles by Carl Stone:

Articles January 24 2008 | By Carl Stone
The Column Sampling Sampling Column

No artist starts the day's creation tabula rasa.

Articles January 17 2008 | By Carl Stone
Steal This Column

Lessig celebrates "amateur culture," where people produce for the love of what they are doing and not for the money; but where does that leave professionals, those of us who...

Articles December 20 2007 | By Carl Stone
Yoi otoshi wo

The Japanese have a word for the feeling at the end of the year, shiwasu (teachers running), and it all leads up to a climactic December 31 eve when...everybody stays...

Articles December 13 2007 | By Carl Stone
und am achten Tag

On December 5, H. Wiley Hitchcock, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Andrew Imbrie all gave up their mortal forms, but they left us with their minds— signified by their corpuses of works,...

Articles December 6 2007 | By Carl Stone
Song, Sentiment, and Sake

What "sad" music do you like to listen to, and does it make you feel happily sad, or sadly happy?

Articles November 29 2007 | By Carl Stone
Music, Correct At Least Twice a Day

Only now, 16 years later, is the irony fully apparent—that the technology that created a Goliath music industry also has served as the stone that threatens to topple it.

Articles November 15 2007 | By Carl Stone
Sound Ecologies

The Japanese soundscape, whether in the office or outdoors in the neighborhood, is neither particularly silent nor even relatively quiet—it's full, rich, and for the most part quite noisy.

Articles November 8 2007 | By Carl Stone
Meta-NoNotes

What tricks or techniques do you have to get the creative juices flowing and that compositional ball rolling?

Articles November 1 2007 | By Carl Stone
Life—fluid, invisible, inaudible…

LIFE—fluid, invisible, inaudible... is simple yet deep in its fundamental concepts, important in its themes, and excellent in its realization.