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.

‘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.

After moving to San Francisco in 1983, and gaining experience as an electronic technician in the audio industry, 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 his company Silent Records, a label that he founded in 1986, transforming it into the U.S.’s premier ambient electronic music label.

At the height of Silent’s success in early 1996, he sold the company in order to pursue a career as a sound designer for Thomas Dolby’s company Headspace.

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

In 2001 Kim began touring Europe performing, conducting workshops in Subtle Listening and lecturing on post-digital aesthetics in sound art.

Kim has released more than 50 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 post-digital music and laptop performance and his writing has been published in Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Artbyte, Soundcultures, Parachute Journal, Junk Jet, Geometer; he has guest edited and written for Contemporary Music Review and acts as an advisor to the journal “Interference” based in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2016 Cascone resurrected Silent Records and now works fulltime at running the label as well as managing the Drone Cinema Film Festival, a film festival dedicated to visual interpretations of auditory/musical drones.

Kim is a citizen of both the USA and Italy and lives on the coast of California, south of San Francisco, with his wife Kathleen and son Cage.


Errormancy: Glitch as Divination”, essay by Kim Cascone, T0P0L0G1ES: Art of Failure, 2011

The Grain of the Auditory Field”, essay by Kim Cascone, Junk Jet, 2007

An interview with Kim Cascone”, Cycling 74, 2005

The Microsound Scene”, interview with Kim Cascone, CTHEORY, 2001

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Landing Lights on the Psychic Plane (Cascone)

Composer: Kim Cascone

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Ros Crux - Alchemisphere Zero

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

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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

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Metals, Nebulae & Stars

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

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Audio derived from various sigils created by Marius Huseby

Composed by Kim Cascone
Copyright © 2011 eSpace (BMI)

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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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