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image for Music item typeCarl Stone + Phil Mill at Colchester Arts Centre

Comedy, Mon 9 Jul 2018, free entry

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Arts Centre


Colchester Arts Centre


Church Street,


This gig is for a seated audience

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, a composer with heavyweight CalArts credentials (he studied at the LA art school with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney), who operates with a rare sense of mischief and intrigue. Across a career spanning five decades Stone has proven a prolific and imaginative voice in electronic composition, mashing together notions of high and low culture and playfully re-contextualising diverse ethnographic materials. To this day he finds consistently engaging ways to present his live performances via real-time processing, multi-channel works and collaborations.

Now dividing his time between Toyko and LA, Stone's formidable canon of work has recently been in the spotlight via the masterful collection of early material collected on 2016's “Electronic Music from The Seventies and Eighties” released on Brooklyn imprint Unseen Worlds, which sits alongside the fertile sonic realms explored on his stunning 1992 LP “Mom's” and the later deconstructivist take on global song and melody that was “Al Noor” (2007).

When New Music was exiting the loft scene of the 1970s and entering the more commercial realm of the 1980s, Stone guided his art through the transition period by fusing his compositional ambitions with systems of live performance that were simultaneously pop savvy, commercial suicide, and technologically forward thinking. He moved away from pure electronic sound and came to be at the vanguard of incorporating turntables, early digital samplers, and personal computers into live electronic music composition. An adopter of the Max programming language while it was still in its earliest development at the IRCAM research centre, Stone continues to use it as his primary instrument, both solo and in collaboration with other improvisers.

“Electronic Music from The Seventies and Eighties” is an acclaimed 3LP set containing a selection of seven early works by the composer. The collection includes notorious, formerly elusive recordings like "Sukothai," "Shibucho," and "Dong Il Jang" alongside a carefully restored archival recording of “Kuk Il Kwan” (recorded at The Kitchen in 1981), which documents his live performance practice. The earliest works of the collection, “LIM” and “Chao Praya,” realised on the Buchla 200, date to the early 1970s while Stone was a student at CalArts, and represent a rare glimpse of Stone working with purely electronic source material.

In addition to his work as a composer, Stone served as Music Director of KPFK-FM in Los Angeles from 1978-1981, director of Meet the Composer California from 1981-1997, and President of the American Music Center from 1992-1995. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Japan, where he is on the faculty of the Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan.

“West Coast composer Carl Stone was one of the first to plug into the possibilities offered by digital synthesizers, samplers and effects... While Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa were flamboyantly promoting sample based hiphop, and John Oswald was openly flaunting the art of plunderphonics, Carl Stone developed his own idiosyncratic take on sonic bricolage” - The Wire Magazine #1 Archive Release of 2016

"Stone’s Electronic Music From the Seventies and Eighties is a missing link, not only in the history of avant-garde and electronic music, but within the entire body of arranged sound (popular or otherwise)." - The Hum

"Stunning …. full of purring drones that at first appear to hardly be moving, only to have them slowly slide and reveal infinite amounts of overtones…lovely, prickly, meditative, and maddening" - Pitchfork


Shing Kee



Chao Praya




Colchester sound artist who's released work in both Europe and the UK – in both live performance, exhibition and album releases.

Including; German Shepherd Records (Manchester) Altitude Records (UK based Net Label)and Musica Dispersa (London), Sonospace (Spain/UK)

Also recently showed works at the Minories Gallery, Colchester, The Art Language Location (ALL2016) exhibition in Cambridge and performed at the Cricoteka in Krakow.

Phil's work comprises Multichannel Sound, free improvisation/improvised music and explored field recording/sound design and experimental music.


Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 9 Jul 2018 19:30


Free entry

Tickets £8 / £7 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.



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Colchester Arts Centre Parking

The closest car park to the Arts Centre is St Mary's Car Park. Find out more about parking in Colchester.

By Public Transport

Many buses that come into Colchester Town Centre Colchester stop on Head Street and the High Street, which are both just a few minutes' walk from the venue.

The closest train station is Colchester Town Station, a 15 minute walk from the Arts Centre. Colchester North Station is a 20 minute walk away (follow the Fixing the Link walking trail) or only a 10 minute journey by bus.

There are bike racks at the Arts Centre.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality