Altered States // Kim Cascone, TeZ

November 11th, 2012 8:00 pm 
STEIM Studio 3, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam STEIM Studio 3, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

Join us for a special concert evening featuring two prominent artists working within the medium of altered states of perception.

Kim Cascone will present his new 34-minute sensory meditation ‘Becoming Aiôn’. Utilizing Schumann resonances, Spricom frequencies, binaural and monaural beat frequencies and spatial effects, ‘Becoming Aiôn’ is not a concert in the traditional sense, but an experience intended to induce deep meditative states in the listener.

‘Becoming Aiôn’ is an acoustic mirror, a reflecting pool bringing the audience’s unconscious to the surface through the technique of entrainment, allowing them to project onto the sonic gauze. ‘Becoming Aiôn’ could be likened to a scrying mirror into which the viewers unconscious is projected then reflected back to them. This work was inspired by my research in Jungian psychology, Hermetic philosophy, brain entrainment techniques, altered states of consciousness, meditation and a variety of other areas.


Prior to ‘Becoming Aiôn’, TeZ will perform ‘PV868’, a performance aimed at producing an audiovisual feed/stimulus which allows a peculiar effect of moving visual patterns to emerge directly in the brain of the observer.

The stimulus is generated in real-time by a combination of flickering video, in the form of abstract lights and color gradients, coupled with synchronized synthetic sounds (binaural beats) diffused in a surround quadrophonic system. These elements are performed and recombined in real-time.

‘PV868’ is inspired by the readings of John Geiger’s “Chapel of Extreme Experience” and W. G. Walter’s “The Living Brain”. The title, ‘PV868’, is the patent number of the Dream Machine developed by Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs in the late 50’s.

DISCLAIMER: This work is based on the use of flickering video light which might cause seizures in people suffering of photogenic or photosensitive epilepsy.

TeZ pv868

Date: Sunday 11 November, 2012
Time: 20:30 hrs. (doors open 20:00 hrs.)
Cost: €5
Location: STEIM Studio 3, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

Kim Cascone has a long history involving electronic music: he received his formal training in electronic music at the Berklee College of Music in the early 1970?s, and in 1976 continued his studies with Dana McCurdy at the New School in New York City.

After moving to San Francisco in the 1980?s, and gaining experience as an electronic technician in the audio industry, Cascone worked with David Lynch as Assistant Music Editor on both “Twin Peaks” and “Wild at Heart.” Cascone left the film industry in 1991 to concentrate on his company Silent Records, a label that he founded in 1986, transforming it into the U.S.’s premier ambient electronic music label.

At the height of Silent’s success in early 1996, he sold the company in order to pursue a career as a sound designer for Thomas Dolby’s company Headspace. After a two year stint at Headspace he worked for Staccato Systems as the Director of Content where he oversaw sound design using algorithmic synthesis for video games.

Since 2001 Kim has been touring Europe performing, conducting workshops and lecturing on post-digital aesthetics in sound art. Kim has released more than 40 albums of electronic music since 1984 and has recorded/performed with Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Tony Conrad, Scanner, John Tilbury, and Pauline Oliveros among others.

Cascone is the founder of the .microsound list which focuses on post-digital music and laptop performance ( and his writing has been published in Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Artbyte, Soundcultures, Parachute Journal, Junk Jet, Geometer; he has guest edited and written for Contemporary Music Review and acts as an advisor to the journal “Interference” based in Dublin, Ireland. Kim is a citizen of both the USA and Italy and lives on the coast of California, south of San Francisco, with his wife Kathleen and son Cage.

Maurizio Martinucci (aka TeZ) is an Italian interdisciplinary artist and producer, living and working in Amsterdam, who has collaborated with, amongst others, Adi Newton, Scanner, Kim Cascone, Saverio Evangelista, Taylor Deupree, Sonia Cillari, Chris Salter, Honor Harger, Luca Spagnoletti and Domenico Sciajno.
He uses technology as a means to explore perceptual effects and the relationship between sound, light and space. He focuses primarily on generative compositions with spatialized sound for live performances and installations. In his works he adopts custom developed software and hardware, featuring original techniques of sonification and visualization to investigate vibrational phenomena. In recent years his research has extended to the ideation and creation of specific architectural structures and unconventional sound and light propagation methods to enhance immersivity and multisensory perception.
TeZ is also the brainfather of the ‘Optofonica’ platform for Synesthetic Art-Science, located in Amsterdam.