Layeral Intersect

03 / 05 / 02
Performance / Lecture / Sound installation

Layeral Intersect
Kim Cascone (USA)

Kim Cascone, performance view

see also:
Webcast: Cascone's talk and performance at the Tate Modern
Interview with Kim Cascone in Ctheory:
Interview with Kim Cascone at the Cycling74 website


The lecture portion of the event will be a survey of various aspects of Cascone’s soundwork and will be focused on how the concept of the “algorithm” has been a common thread in the work. This concept was influenced by composers working with “systems music” in the 1970’s. Cascone will cover the link between film sound and his work in ambient industrial music in the mid-1980’s to his interest in philosophy, information and Max/MSP today.

A standalone program written in Max/MSP will play multiple layers of sound culled from Cascone’s releases over a 20 year period. An admixture of synthetic sounds from PGR, Heavenly Music Corporation and current work in the post-digital genre of microsound. A simple user interface will allow viewers to select new random combinations of files that form different layers and will be accompanied by text from various authors, artists and philosophers who have influenced Cascone’s work over the years.

Kim Cascone has a long history involving electronic music: he received his formal training in electronic music at the Berklee College of Music in the early 1970's, and in 1976 continued his studies with Dana McCurdy at the New School in New York City. In the 1980's, after moving to San Francisco and gaining experience as an audio technician, Cascone worked with David Lynch as Assistant Music Editor on both Twin Peaks and Wild at Heart.

Cascone left the film industry in 1991 to concentrate on Silent Records, a label that he founded in 1986, transforming it into the U.S.'s premier electronic music label. At the height of Silent's success, he sold the company in early 1996 to pursue a career as a sound designer and went to work for Thomas Dolby's company Headspace as a sound designer and composer.

After a two year stint at Headspace he began working for Staccato Systems as the Director of Content where he oversaw the design of new sounds for games using algorithmic synthesis. Since 1980, Kim has released more than 15 albums of electronic music and has worked/performed with Keith Rowe, Peter Rehberg, Oval, Scanner, Carsten Nicolai, Doug Aitken, and David Toop among others.

Cascone has performed at the Lovebytes Festival (UK), Micro 2 Mutek (Montreal), Transmissions Festival (North Carolina), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Tate Modern (London) and recently performed "Dust Theories" on a European tour this summer. Recent lectures on Post-Digital Music at Tate Modern (London)*, Mediamatic (Amsterdam) Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver), Refrains Conference (Vancouver), Observatori (Spain) and Stanford University/CCRMA (Stanford).
Cascone was one of of the co-founders of the microsound list (http://www.microsound.org) and writes for Computer Music Journal (MIT Press) and Artbyte Magazine.