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Subflowers ɸ

  • Title: Subflowers ɸ
  • Artist: Kim Cascone
  • Label: Emitter Micro
  • Format: CDR
  • Genres: Experimental Electronic, Minimalism, Drone, Silkscreen, DIY
  • Price: €19,00EU (incl. 19% VAT)€15,97non-EU

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Hand-numbered and limited to only 33 copies, silkscreen printed, black high quality CD-R.

"Quite surprised actually to see this CDR release in an edition of just thirty-three copies. One would think that the name Kim Cascone would be able to sell a few more records? Once working for David Lynch films, then running his Silent Records, pushing it to great height in the dance of ambient house (including his own Heavenly Music Corporation) and then working with software and playing audiences all of the world. After that perhaps a bit more silent (pun perhaps intended) he is these days concerned with listening to music in a more meditative way, and sometimes organizing 'drone cinema' events. I forgot to mention that playing the guitar is also an interest. No doubt there is much more told be told about him. I am not sure if he plays guitar on this release, but I doubt that. Having said that, it is also not easy to say what it is that he does. Two pieces here, the lower and upper region of 'subflower phi' (as in referring to the golden ratio, I would assume), and both are very much pieces of drone music in which really not a lot happens. Or so it seems? It's not easy to say. It seems like single tone is locked inside a modular synthesizer and that's it. But that's not the case if you listen closely (and maybe that is not the idea? To listen closely? Maybe it's Cascone's intention to have this just running as it is, and the listener should engage in other things, or perhaps in no-thing at all?), you hear the very minimal changes that occur in this music. The tone very slowly changes and this can be heard better in the upper region than in the lower region I think and I found this is best played at a medium to low volume. The sound will not be all-immersive, but rather fill your space in a highly refined way, just as good ambient music is intended (and where it's different from the world of new age). Excellent release, and perhaps a pity so few copies were made. This needs to be heard by more people!" (FdW)

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 the 1980's, 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 worked for Staccato Systems as the Director of Content where he oversaw sound design using algorithmic synthesis for video games.

Since 2001 Kim has been touring Europe performing, conducting workshops and lecturing on post-digital aesthetics and sound art.

Kim has released more than 40 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.