Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties

by Carl Stone

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CS All the fun throwing-it-against-the-wall-seeing-what-sticks experiments. Dong Il Jang tries 15 ideas and 3 of them work, Shibucho (ultimate brain tickler) tries 15 ideas and 12 work, and Shing Kee just works forever into the infinite annals of your memory Favorite track: Shibucho (1984).
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justinlincoln Transcendent sound work. Favorite track: Shing Kee (1986).
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Andrew Neilson A tour of noise, loops, echo and simple sample processing to create extremely complex tracks. Favorite track: LIM (1974).
John Cratchley
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John Cratchley These recordings are a revelation to me...my ignorance concerning Carl Stone humbles me; now I will try to make amends...
Eric Benac
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Eric Benac This sterling collection of experimental work by the always enlightening Carl Stone showcases how a few samples can be manipulated for maximum effect. Favorite track: Sukothai (1977).
LIM (1974) 12:26


This 3LP set contains a selection of seven early works by American composer Carl Stone, all previously unpublished except for “Shing Kee,” which appeared on the 1992 New Albion CD release, Mom’s. Notorious, formerly elusive recordings like "Sukothai," "Shibucho," and "Dong Il Jang" exemplify how Stone masterfully guided his art through the transition period when New Music exited the loft scene of the 1970s for a stab at commercial presence in the 1980s, satisfying both impulses by fusing his compositional ambition with systems of live performance that were simultaneously pop savvy, commercial suicide, and technologically and aesthetically forward thinking. His live performance practice, documented here in a carefully restored archival recording of “Kuk Il Kwan” at The Kitchen in 1981, has merged seamlessly with today’s computer-driven methods. The earliest works of this collection, “LIM” and “Chao Praya,” realized on the Buchla 200, date to the early 1970s while Stone was a student of James Tenney and Morton Subotnick at CalArts, a rare glimpse of Stone working with purely electronic source material. Liner notes by Carl Stone, Jonathan Gold, Richard Gehr, and Marc Weidenbaum accompany on a gatefold sleeve. Download card is included with a digital-only bonus track, “Unthaitled” from 1978. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker.


released September 30, 2016


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