Carl Stone is one of the pioneers in the use of computers and synthesizers in early electronic music. In the early seventies he was enrolled at CalArts and studied composition with the computer innovators Morton Subnick and James Tenney. His part-time job was to back-up all the vinyl in the school’s extensive musical library to cassette. Stone soon realized he could record these tracks himself in addition to the official cassettes, resulting in an open and playful approach to sampling, recording and remixing various widespread genres such as European Baroque music, Japanese folk music and Motown. Stones songs are puzzles taken apart and put together again in different constellations, repeating themselves in dreamy sequences, finally releasing the listener back into reality.
Stone has split his time between San Francisco and Japan over the span of his long career, where he holds a position on the faculty for media and interaction-design at the Chukyo university.
His career has been focused on live electro-acoustic music, and therefore there are relatively few recordings of his long-spanning musical work. Stone’s newest record "Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties" features many of his earlier works. The opening track consists of a single bar of harpsichord repeated endlessly over the course of fourteen minutes, slightly distorted for every repetition until the unrecognizable, when the song is released into the original baroque crescendo.