Carl Stone. Photo, Edward Colver.
Carl Stone's Woo Lae Oak was our third release in 2008 and since then we've been quietly plugging away at a second project with Mr. Stone during his busy schedule of teaching, touring the world, and working on new music. After an archival recording of Carl performing "Kuk Il Kwan" at The Kitchen in New York in 1981 surfaced, we signed on to release and the project has grown and grown into a lengthy effort to restore and unearth other recordings to accompany. Just when we thought we were done, another recording or a better version of a recording we had been discussing would emerge. What we have ended up with is a top-notch collection with many tracks we wanted to include from Carl's early work, like "Shing Kee" – a favorite from his 1992 CD on New Albion, Mom's – along with Buchla tracks like "LIM" and "Chao Praya" from his student days in the early seventies at CalArts with James Tenney and Morton Subotnick.
This is also Stone's first vinyl release since the original Woo Lae Oak release in 1983. At 3LPs with rougly one piece per every side (side F has the two Buchla pieces together), this one was a natural for the format. Check out the release details here and the cover below.
Carl Stone is about to set out on tour this September, just before this set releases. Dates below and lots more info on his website:
September 6 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf*
September 10 - Hamburg, Germany - Westwerk*
September 12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Mayhem
September 13 - Aarhus, Denmark - Aarhus Concert Hall
September 17 - Berlin, Germany - St. Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche
September 18 - Berlin, Germany - Spektrum
* = Performing as Realistic Monk (Carl Stone & Miki Yui)