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Kim Cascone




Kim Cascone

Formally trained in electronic music at the Berklee College of Music and the New School in New York City. Founded Silent Records in 1986. Worked on David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Wild at Heart’ as Assistant Music Editor. Sound designer and composer for Thomas Dolby’s company Headspace and head of Content Development for Staccato Systems. Currently traveling Europe as electro-acoustic music performer, lecturer and workshop teacher.

Since 1980, Kim has released over 50 albums of electronic music on Silent, Sub Rosa, Mille Plateaux, Anechoic and 12k. Cascone has performed with artists such as Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Scanner, John Tilbury, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros to name a few.

Cascone founded the .microsound list which focuses on issues concerning post-digital musics and laptop performance and has written for Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Contemporary Music Review, Artbyte Magazine, Parachute Journal and Junk Jet and is on the Board of Advisors for Interference Journal in Dublin Ireland.


In Depth

‘When noise is present, we feel at ease; when it stops, we feel unease.’ – Kim Cascone

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.

After a two year stint at Headspace he worked for Staccato Systems as the Director of Content where he oversaw sound design using algorithmic synthesis for video games.

Since 2001 Kim has been touring Europe performing, conducting workshops and lecturing on post-digital aesthetics in sound art.

Kim has released more than 30 albums of electronic music since 1984 and has recorded/performed with Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Tony Conrad, Scanner, John Tilbury, and Pauline Oliveros among others.

Cascone is the founder of the microsound list which focuses on issues concerning post-digital music and laptop performance and his writing has been published in Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Artbyte, Contemporary Music Review, Soundcultures, Parachute Journal, Junk Jet and Geometer.

In 2008 Kim attained Italian citizenship and is currently a citizen of both the USA and Italy. He lives on the coast of California, just south of San Francisco, with his wife Kathleen and son Cage.



Track list

  1. Magick, Music and Ritual 5 - Ros Crux - Alchemisphere Zero 34:09

    Ros Crux - Alchemisphere Zero

    Composer: Kim Cascone
    Copyright: © 2011 eSpace (BMI)
    Misc: “silentium post clamores”, to be listened to on headphones during meditation

  2. Magick, Music and Ritual 4 - Lunar Gauzes - Alchemisphere One 34:02

    Lunar Gauzes - Alchemisphere One

    Composer: Kim Cascone
    Copyright: © 2012 eSpace (BMI)
    Misc: subtle lenses, azoth prisms & scrying mirrors, to be listened to on headphones during meditation

    Special thanks to:
    Mike Moser-Booth and Mike Rooke for their help in infinite phase space

  3. Magick, Music and Ritual 3 - Metals, Nebulae & Stars 04:59

    Metals, Nebulae & Stars

    Composer: Kim Cascone
    Copyright: © 2012 eSpace (BMI)
    Misc: field recordings & subtle lenses

  4. Magick, Music and Ritual 2 - Saltash 01:39


    Audio derived from various sigils created by Marius Huseby

    Composed by Kim Cascone
    Copyright © 2011 eSpace (BMI)

  5. Magick, Music and Ritual 1 - The Black Flame 02:52

    The Black Flame

    ”The Black Flame” is a supernal soundtrack from a video created by Kim and Kathleen Cascone commissioned by Storung in Barcelona



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