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Kevin Corcoran
percussion & field recording
Kevin Corcoran works with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of music, art, communication and place.

As a percussionist he is most interested in techniques which extend the sonic possibilities of the instrument emphasizing textural sound, friction, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones and the use of found objects with emphasis placed on freely arranging sonic events in duration rather than marking time by rhythm. Whether working in sparse sound with a single drum and percussive objects or frenetic contexts with full drum kit, improvisation is crucial to his practice as generative method and non-hierarchical exchange of ideas.

He works also with location recordings, collecting sounds in natural and built environments by both observing and interacting with sites and objects, and with electronic sound through feedback systems, computer software and cassette tapes. These sounds are often combined with percussion in performances where displaced sounds provide a temporary acoustic identity of the space and layers of past actions join the present moment of sound-making.

After studying in the technoculture program at the University of California, Davis he relocated to San Francisco in 2013 where he currently works solo and in collaboration with artists in multiple disciplines.
He has performed in the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan, exhibited sound based artworks in the Bay Area, and has contributed to several published recordings both improvised and composed.

Beyond his own work he is an organizer of the concert series Re:Sound which takes place in an abandoned munitions magazine on Mare Island and operates under the nonprofit organization 23Five Incorporated which is dedicated to the increased awareness of sound in the arts.
CDs on which Kevin Corcoran appears:
Kevin Corcoran & Gretchen Jude hirakito
Artist: Kevin Corcoran & Gretchen Jude
Title: hirakito
Label: Full Spectrum Records FS067
Label page on this site: Full Spectrum Records
Full Spectrum Records FS067