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:
A number of European trains are named after composers, and not just the most famous ones from the 18th and 19th centuries. I've always wished that there was an American...
Officially I am here in the Hudson Valley to participate in the New Albion Festival that is taking place this week at Bard College, but I'm also taking some time to...
Any idea what the upper limit for your ears might be?
It goes without saying that we all often toil under circumstances that are less than ideal. Only the topmost artists can demand perfection from their hosts.
Whether you're a confirmed laptopper or an otherwise unplugged instrumentalist, what are your own particular experiences combining instrumental and electronic sounds?
Carl Stone returns to our pages after a case of wanderlust. Followed by a kind of wander-bust.
It sometimes seems hard to use old ways to express new ideas; is it any easier finding new ways to express old ideas ?
I've always felt it was interesting that the vast majority of sounds in the Tokyo urban soundscape are all intentionally introduced, not just byproducts of some other activities.
A new version of a familiar piece of creativity software like Max/MSP 5 is the perfect vehicle for productive fooling around: plenty of comfort with the fundamentals, but lots of...