RTV: Carl Stone

Release Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014

Carl Stone presents several sections from his full-length piece, Fujiken, and improvises with a guitarist, Elliott Sharp, and an accordionist, Shoko Nagai.


Fujiken for solo computer and electronics is based on a series of field recordings Stone made in Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam in 2011 and 2012. Fujiken fully captures the artist’s fertile imagination by combining a richly dense ambient foundations of found-sounds with layers of electronic manipulation. In the second act, Stone, Sharp, and Nagai explore the dynamic interplay of chaos and harmony/ambience and drone that emerges from free, collective improvisation. Also, Stone discusses computer as meta-instrument, the power of new surroundings, and how language comprehension (or lack thereof) can affect a piece of music.

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, who first employed computers in live performance in 1986. He 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. Born in Los Angeles, Stone now divides his time between California and Japan. He studied composition at the Cal Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney, and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition, and touring, Stone is on the faculty of the Information Media Technology Department, School of Information Science and Technology at Chukyo University in Japan.