Realistic Monk (Carl Stone & Miki Yui) – 5.3.17

New duo from ex-CalArts electronic composer Carl Stone and minimalist musician Miki Yui. Subtle, slight and spooky, the pair deploy the tiniest sounds to create soundscapes at the edge of perception. Less cut and glitched than Stone's solo work, Realistic Monk's sound seems to hardly be moving at first, only to shift underfoot and reveal delicate oscillations and MSP mappings. In time, narrative builds in ways similar to that of James Rushford and crys cole, and eerie vocal lines akin to a nomadic Ghedalia Tazartes loop and shudder in the periphery. 


Carl Stone / MAX/MSP, microphone

Miki Yui / sampler, solar-oscillator



1. 5.3.17 - 55:17


Recorded on Suday 5th March by Simon Holliday. Mixed by Shaun Crook. Mastered by Shaun Crook and Carl Stone. Photograph by A.C.Baur. 

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Carl Stone

“{Stone’s music is} a powerful stimulant, with lingering euphoric effects.” - Steve Smith, New York Times

“One of American experimental music’s most eloquent advocates” - Time Out New York

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling.” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between Los Angeles and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan... more


Miki Yui

Miki Yui is an artist and musician from Tokyo, based in Duesseldorf /Germany. Since 1999 she creates sonic landscapes emerging out of delicate noises, samples, electronic sounds, and field recordings. Her unique minimalist and organic approach towards sound balances between subtle nuances, industrial hums and turbulent hooks. In her live concerts she invites listeners to take part in mesmerinzing in the acoustic spaces, rich of abstract and narrative sound circulation.

She has released her solo albums from 12K /LINE(N.Y.) and Hören (Osaka). Her 5th solo album "Oscilla" is released in October 2015, on her own imprint MY.

Realistic Monk

Realistic Monk – the title a simple anagram of the names of its members – is a new performance project from Carl Stone in collaboration with artist/composer Miki Yui. The unit concentrates on smaller sounds, sometimes at the edge of perception, encouraging concentrated listening as they create deep soundscapes that emerge out of voices, noises, field recordings and acoustic feedback.