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Kenneth Atchley
K. ATCHLEY (Kenneth) (b. Lebanon, TN)

composes and performs electronic music:
pure-tone and noise hymns to the abstract;
richly-harmonic, electro-acoustic devotionals;
nocturnal drones, and feedback serenades.

Kenneth's performances and works have been featured in US and international venues including:
STEIM (Amsterdam); Skolska28 (Prague); N.K. (Berlin);
T-U-B-E (Munich); Gallery of Fine Arts (Ostrava);
The Loft, Galerie Rachel Haferkamp (Cologne);
The Kitchen, Bang On A Can, Roulette (NYC);
REDCAT/CEAIT (Los Angeles);
CROSSROADS/SF Cinematheque, 23five/Activating the Medium, The LAB, SFEMF (SF);
Stork Club (Oakland).

He composed and performed with the early hybrid-analog/digital electronic groups MEAL (1980-82) (w/ Brian Reinbolt) and Roto-League (1982-83) (w/ Sam Ashley, Ben Azarm, John Bischoff, Jay Cloidt, Barbara Golden, Jim Horton, Tim Perkis); and as an instrumentalist in the avant-art-pop band IXNA (Jay Cloidt, Marina La Palma).

Recent projects include The Atchleys with wife Kattt, and Atchley Heglin Trio (w/ Kattt and Ron Heglin). He performed in the ensemble for Wendy Reid's Ambient Bird 433.

Collaborators have included video artist Bill Thibault, Mark Trayle, Jim Horton, Phil Harmonic (Kenneth Werner).

His sculptural fountains and music have been commissioned by and performed with RoseAnne Spradlin Dance (NYC).

Written works:
  • Interpretive score for "14251", SoundVisions (PFAU Neue Musik, Germany, 2005). Click for details
  • Libretto of his opera 'Edison's Last Project(ION)'
  • Lyrics for choral work 'Lumiere de Main'
    Published in 'the guests go in to supper' (Burning Books, USA). Click for details
  • Article describing his opera "Don Giovanni" was published in the Leonardo Music Journal, Vol. 1, 1991. Click here
  • Profile of his work appeared in The Wire (issue #256): Click here

  • Recorded works include:
  • Vexing Shadows (CDBaby) Click here
  • Fountains (Auscultare Research), Click here
  • Collaboration with John Bischoff "Sealed Cantus" (Bischoff's 23Five CD "Aperture"). Click here