Kim Cascone

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Kim Cascone
Birth name Kim Cascone
Born (1955-12-21) December 21, 1955 (age 60)
Albion, Michigan, United States
Genres Microsound
Ambient Industrial
Field Recording
Binaural Beats
Occupation(s) Composer
Sound Designer
Instruments Laptop
Pure Data
field recorder
Years active 1983–present
Labels anechoicmedia
Silent Records
Sub Rosa
Aural Terrains
Associated acts Heavenly Music Corporation
Spice Barons
Website Kim Cascone and anechoic

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


In the late 1989 Cascone became an assistant music editor for director David Lynch on Twin Peaks and Wild At Heart.[3] 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 Headspace.[5] After Headspace, 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 40 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.


As PGR[edit]

As Heavenly Music Corporation[edit]

  • In a Garden of Eden (Silent, 1993)
  • Consciousness III (Silent, 1994)
  • Lunar Phase (Silent, 1995)
  • Anechoic (Silent, 1996)

with KGB Trio[edit]

with Spice Barons[edit]

  • Future Perfect State (Silent, 1995)



  1. ^ Watson, Mike (2002). "Silent Records". 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". 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; Sean M Costello & Nicholas J Porcaro 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. 

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