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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 U.S., 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.

A win­ner of numer­ous awards for his com­po­si­tions, includ­ing the Free­man Award for the work Hop Ken, Carl Stone is also the recip­i­ent of grants from the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts, the Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion and the Foun­da­tion for Per­for­mance Arts. A win­ner of numer­ous awards for his com­po­si­tions, includ­ing the Free­man Award for the work Hop Ken, Carl Stone is also the recip­i­ent of grants from the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts, the Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion and the Foun­da­tion for Per­for­mance Arts. His 3LP release Elec­tron­ic Music from the Sev­en­ties and Eight­ies” on the Unseen Worlds label placed #1 in The Wire Magazine’s Best of 1002016 Archival cat­e­go­ry (the fol­low up release the next year ranked #3).

Carl 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. In 2019, DUBLAB​.com reissed a series of radio con­ver­sa­tions Stone had on KPFK-fm with Bri­an Eno, Frank Zap­pa, Ter­ry Riley, Mor­ton Sub­ot­nick, Harold Budd and oth­ers. Fur­ther activ­i­ties have includ­ed serv­ing as a reg­u­lar colum­nist for Sound & Record­ing Mag­a­zine in Japan, serv­ing as web edi­tor for Oth­er Minds, and for the offi­cial web site of the John Cage Trust. Record­ings of Carl Stone’s music has been released on New Albion, CBS Sony, Toshi­ba-EMI, EAM Discs, Wiz­ard Records, Tri­gram, t:me record­ings, New Tone/​Robi Droli, Unseen World and var­i­ous oth­er labels.


Hak Heang is a piece designed for the medi­um of radio, i.e. to best be expe­ri­enced in a qui­et set­ting with head­phones or per­son­al speak­ers. It blends field record­ings made through South­east Asia (Viet­nam, Thai­land, and Cam­bo­dia) with appro­pri­at­ed music most­ly from street cas­settes, processed and resynthesized.

Artist Song Album
Carl Stone Hak Heang