Kevin Corcoran is a percussionist and field recordist with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of art, music, ecology, and communication.
As a drummer and percussionist he is most interested in techniques which extend the sonic possibilities of the instrument emphasizing textural sound, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones without audible attack and the use of found objects.
As a field recordist he gathers sounds in urban and rural locations. These sonic environments are presented, as encountered or edited and manipulated, displaced from their origins with an intent to create temporary, imagined acoustic places and are often combined with or serve as inspiration to his work with percussion.
He holds a degree in Technocultural Studies from the University of California at Davis where he studied sonic arts and media theory with Bob Ostertag, Sam Nichols, Kriss Ravetto and Jesse Drew.
He has performed in various cities in the United States, Europe and Japan and has collaborated on several live performances and published recordings both improvised and composed since 2002 including the structured free-jazz of Antennas Erupt!, the strange, dark folk of Dead Western, the graphic and text-based score to Christian Kiefer's novel The Animals, ongoing electroacoustic improvisations with Fibers, Trois Chapeaux, other ad-hoc ensembles and the forthcoming (2016-17) releases of new solo material, percussion and voice duos with Gretchen Jude, and the percussion duo with Jonathon Bafus, Invasive Species.