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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 focus on freely arranging sound 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 field recordings, collecting sounds in natural and built environments by observing and interacting with sites and objects with specific interest in abandoned and overlooked areas, conditions of excess, processes of decay and intersections of infrastructure and open space. He works with electronic sound through feedback systems, computer software and cassette tapes.

He has performed in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan, exhibited sonic artworks in the Bay Area, published text, and contributed to several 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 which is dedicated to the increased awareness of sound in the arts.
Upcoming Events:

Sunday, June 2 2024 7:00 PM
West Oakland Sound Series [2201 Poplar Street Dresher Ensemble Studio Oakland]
Instrument maker SUNG KIM demonstrates a few of his unique instruments and performs improvisations offering a melodic tapestry of healing and triumph.
The concert also features the OAKLAND REDUCTIONIST ORCHESTRA, a supergroup of local musicians with a predilection for lowercase/fricative/reductionist acoustic improvisation that often sounds more electronic than acoustic.  More...
Wednesday, June 19 2024 7:30 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ken Ueno and Karen Yu present a noise set for amplified snare and bespoke noise boxes. Kevin Corcoran and Jacob Felix Heule are a Bay Area percussion duo focused on activating drums with surface friction, found objects, and amplification.  More...
Wednesday, June 19 2024 8:00 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
- Ken Ueno / Karen Yu duo
- Kevin Corcoran / Jacob Felix Heule percussion duo
- combined quartet  More...
CDs on which Kevin Corcoran appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Kevin Corcoran & Sun Yizhou Rooms and Shadows (1 and 3)
Artist: Kevin Corcoran & Sun Yizhou
Title: Rooms and Shadows (1 and 3)
Label: Ftarri ftarri958
Label page on this site: Ftarri
Ftarri ftarri958
Kevin Corcoran & Hung Tzu Ni Illusive Layers
Artist: Kevin Corcoran & Hung Tzu Ni
Title: Illusive Layers
Label: editions tympanum tym02
Label page on this site: editions tympanum
editions tympanum tym02
Kevin Corcoran Severity
Artist: Kevin Corcoran
Title: Severity
Label: Karma Detonation
Label page on this site: Karma Detonation
Karma Detonation
Kevin Corcoran, Giacomo Salis, Paolo Sanna Sul Filo
Artist: Kevin Corcoran, Giacomo Salis, Paolo Sanna
Title: Sul Filo
Label: Tsss Tapes TST020
Label page on this site: Tsss Tapes
Tsss Tapes TST020
Kevin Corcoran & Jacob Felix Heule Erosion
Artist: Kevin Corcoran & Jacob Felix Heule
Title: Erosion
Label: Notice Recordings NTR067
Label page on this site: Notice Recordings
Notice Recordings NTR067
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
Invasive Species Adapter
Artist: Invasive Species
Title: Adapter
Label: Baggage Claim Records BAG-02
Label page on this site: Baggage Claim Records
Baggage Claim Records BAG-02
Kevin Corcoran Haptic Music
Artist: Kevin Corcoran
Title: Haptic Music
Label: Weird Forest weird69
Label page on this site: Weird Forest
Weird Forest weird69
Tetuzi Akiyama, Kevin Corcoran, Christian Kiefer Low Cloud Means Death
Artist: Tetuzi Akiyama, Kevin Corcoran, Christian Kiefer
Title: Low Cloud Means Death
Label: Digitalis ACE011
Label page on this site: Digitalis
Digitalis ACE011
Kevin Corcoran & Chad Stockdale Chad & Kevin
Artist: Kevin Corcoran & Chad Stockdale
Title: Chad & Kevin
Label: Weird Forest weird003
Label page on this site: Weird Forest
Weird Forest weird003
Antennas Erupt! Magical Energy
Artist: Antennas Erupt!
Title: Magical Energy
Label: S-S Records SS014
Label page on this site: S-S Records
S-S Records SS014