Carl Stone


“still ahead of the game discovering a world of music in a grain of sound” - The Wire


"like a dance party in a room made of funhouse mirrors" - Pitchfork

"dizzying juxtapositions…. as fun to listen to as they are to contemplate” - Bandcamp

Carl Stone is a living legend. He is one of the pioneers of live computer music. has used computers in live performance since 1986. Carl was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between Los Angeles 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 Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan.

His works found a new audience in recent years due to comprehensive re-release on the Unseen Worlds label, as well as many new releases which are enjoying regular top level press across new music platforms such as Pitchfork, The Wire & Bandcamp. Stone's work has been associated with the movement known as minimalism. He recently performed the first ever BBC proms from Tokyo.

Carl also performs in the duo Realistic Monk with Miki Yui; Subtle, slight and spooky, the pair deploy the tiniest sounds to create soundscapes at the edge of perception. Less cut and glitched than Stone's solo work, Realistic Monk's sound seems to hardly be moving at first, only to shift underfoot and reveal delicate oscillations and MSP mappings. In time, narrative builds in ways similar to that of James Rushford and crys cole, and eerie vocal lines akin to a nomadic Ghedalia Tazartes loop and shudder in the periphery. 

Previous European dates: ZKM, Aarhus Concert Hall, Cafe OTO, Pollini Padova, Cave12, KoncertKirken Copenhagen, MadieraDIG, Barbicon LSO St Lukes, De Player, Meakusma, Kiezsalon, Fields Festival

Carl Stone flies from Tokyo

Realistic Monk features Carl Stone and Miki Yui - please enquire

Duet with Akaihirume flies from Tokyo

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