Fresh Sound: Carl Stone
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 has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between Los Angeles and Japan. 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. His works have been performed in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan.
Stone served as president of the American Music Center from 1992–95. He was the Director of Meet the Composer/California from 1981–1997, and Music Director of KPFK-FM in Los Angeles from 1978–1981. He often hosts a weekly program on KPFA in the Bay Area. Other activities have included serving as a regular columnist for Sound & Recording Magazine in Japan; editor for Other Minds, a website devoted to New Music; and editor for the official website of the John Cage Trust.