Headquartered in Stockholm, Kali Malone is an American composer and musician who creates sonic monoliths that tug at the very material of listening. Via analog and digital synthesis – and within compositional frameworks that utilize unique tunings and psycho-acoustic phenomena – Malone’s dark minimalism maintains a certain gravity, even as the ground shifts. A recent string of albums explore the interplay within electroacoustic instrumentation: woodwinds with Buchla 200 synthesiser, strings quartets with sine waves, and – most notably – the pipe organ close mic’d and spatialized. These methods culminated in the major work “The Sacrificial Code”, which was Boomkat’s album of the year for 2019.
In the live context, Malone plays both organ-based and purely electronic shows. Employing acoustic and synthetic instrumentation in repetitive and extended durations, Malone’s rich harmonic textures emit a distinct emotive hue serving to generate a captivating and uncanny depth of focus. Malone’s work has been presented at Berlin Atonal, Moogfest, Cafe Oto, MIRA, Le Guess Who? and for INA GRM and 33 33.
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