Kim Cascone

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Kim Cascone
Birth nameKim Cascone
Born (1955-12-21) December 21, 1955 (age 66)
Albion, Michigan, United States
Dark Ambient
Field Recording
Binaural Beats
Sound Designer
Music Director
Pure Data
Field Recorder
Electric Guitar
Years active1983–present
Silent Records
Sub Rosa
Aural Terrains
Emitter Micro
WebsiteSilent Records

Kim Cascone (December 21, 1955) is an Italian American composer of electronic music who is known for his releases in the ambient, drone, industrial and electro-acoustic genre on his own record label, Silent Records.[1][2]


In 1989 Cascone became an assistant music editor for director David Lynch on Twin Peaks and Wild At Heart.[3] Musically he has used various aliases over the years but became best known under the moniker Heavenly Music Corporation, a name taken from a track on the record (No Pussyfooting) by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. Cascone released four full albums under this name from 1993 to 1996.[4]

In 1996 Cascone sold Silent Records and Pulsoniq Distribution to work as a sound designer/composer for Thomas Dolby's company Beatnik.[5] After leaving the company in 1998, Cascone went on to serve as the Director of Content for Staccato Systems, a spin-off company from CCRMA, Stanford University where he co-invented an algorithm for realistic audio atmospheres and backgrounds for video games called Event Modeling.[6] He returned to making music in 1999 and has since been releasing records using his own name[7] on various labels as well as his own label, anechoic (named after his last Heavenly Music Corporation release), which he established in 1996. Cascone has released more than 50 albums of electronic music since 1984 and has recorded/performed with Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Tony Conrad, Scanner, John Tilbury, Domenico Sciajno and Pauline Oliveros among others.

In academic writing, Cascone is known for his paper The Aesthetics of Failure, which outlined the use of digital glitches and systemic failure in the creation of post-digital and laptop music.[8] He is also on the Advisory Board of the academic sound journal Interference based in Dublin, Ireland.

Cascone holds dual Italian and American citizenship as of September 2008.

In 2016 Cascone rebooted his record label Silent Records.

From 2016 to December 30th, 2017, Cascone served as the Music Director for The Silent Channel on SomaFM, an online streaming radio station that features the Silent Records catalog.[9]


As Khem One[edit]

As PGR[edit]

  • Silence (PGR, 1985)
  • The Flickering of Sowing Time (RRRecords, 1986)
  • Cyclone Inhabited by Immobility (Permis de Construire, 1987)
  • The Black Field (Silent, 1989)
  • Fetish, with Arcane Device (Silent, 1990)
  • The Chemical Bride (Silent, 1992)
  • The Morning Book of Serpents (Silent, 1995)
  • A Hole of Unknown Depth (Silent, 1996)

As Heavenly Music Corporation[edit]

  • In a Garden of Eden (Silent, 1993 / Astral Industries, 2018)
  • Consciousness III (Silent, 1994)
  • Lunar Phase (Silent, 1995 / Astral Industries, 2017)
  • Anechoic (Silent, 1996)

with KGB Trio[edit]

with Spice Barons[edit]

  • Future Perfect State (Silent, 1995)



  1. ^ Watson, Mike (2002). "Silent Records". Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  2. ^ Cooper, Sean. "Heavenly Music Corporation". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  3. ^ Demers, Joanna (2010). Listening through the Noise : The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music. Oxford University Press. p. 73. ISBN 9780199774487.
  4. ^ Watson, Mike (2002). "Heavenly Music Corporation". Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  5. ^ Cox, Christoph; Warner, Daniel (2004). Audio culture: readings in modern music. Continuum. p. 392. ISBN 9780826416148. In the mid-1990s, Cascone became a sound designer for pop producer Thomas Dolby
  6. ^ US 7310604, Cascone, Kim; Costello, Sean M & Porcaro, Nicholas J et al., "Statistical sound event modeling system and methods", issued 2007 
  7. ^ "Kim Cascone". Apple iTunes. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  8. ^ Hayward, Susan (2013). Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts (4, revised ed.). Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 9781135120856. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  9. ^ "The Silent Channel from SomaFM".

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