Famed sampling electronic computer music pioneer Carl Stone makes a rare appearance in the Northwest on the heels of the Unseen Worlds label’s recent two releases (Electronic Music from the 70s-90s), both of which made the Best of 2019 lists of The Wire, Pitchfork, Bandcamp, Artforum and others. Robert Millis, Sublime Frequencies miscreant and Climax Golden Twin, makes a slightly less rare Northwest appearance. Stone and Millis met in Tokyo where Millis was on a residency researching the first recorded sounds from Asia. Stone will unveil new sample-based work for computer and Millis will be playing prepared Victrola and guitar. They will play solo and as a duo.
Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” 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. Recordings of his music have been released on New Albion, CBS Sony, Toshiba-EMI, EAM Discs, Wizard Records, Trigram, t:me recordings, New Tone/Robi Droli, Unseen Worlds and various other labels. He has performed throughout the world and is currently on the faculty of the Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan.
Robert Millis: Sublime Frequencies, rmillis, Climax Golden Twins, Indian Talking Machine, Idol Ko Si, AFCGT, Victrola Favorites, Documenta14, Session 9 OST, Fulbright Scholar, Paris to Calcutta: Men and Music on the Desert Road… “Some people can sum up their lives on a business card; Robert Millis needs a whole deck, full sized, both faces of each playing card, and you’re still liable to miss something while he shuffles. Filmmaker, photographer, guerrilla ethnographer, collector and sharer of 78 RPM records, weaver of multi-layered ambiences, improviser, annotator, jokester, traveler…” Bill Meyer, Dusted