Hiro Kone (US)
Hiro Kone is a New York based musician and producer: she uses a combination of hardware, synths, and modular to cultivate her sound - a visceral meditation on rhythm, noise, and melody that has seen her release on leading experimental labels including DAIS Records and BANK Records. No stranger to manipulating macabre disorientations into enchanting new shapes, her music exposes the unsettling and sublime. Taking a deconstructive approach she is known to draw upon a combination of modular synthesis, noise and field recordings.
Instinctively responding to the precariousness of humanity, Kone’s cascades of twisted field recordings find an inherent partner in the effervescent current of synthesis and, in the process, forge new terrains. She often shares stages with her close collaborant Drew McDowall (Coil).
Kone’s last record is ‘A Fossil Begins To Bray’, released on DAIS in November 2019. Described as her most personally narrative work to date, the album uses equal parts melodic sculpture and striking absence to propel a “journey of discovery and self-analysis, proposing a potential reorientation towards absence in hopes of illuminating potential futures.” As impactful and rich as any contemporary electronic music with political intent, the record explores the persistent threat of techno-fascism and the potential of reinterpreting our recollection and interpretation of existence.
The album follows 2018’s ‘Pure Expenditure’, which was widely acclaimed by publications including The Quietus (“Hiro Kone cements her position as one of the finest electronic musicians working today”), and Boomkat, who celebrated the album as “stunning.” The record’s live iteration, premiered at the 2018 edition of Berlin’s Atonal Festival, won equally enthusiastic plaudits from Resident Advisor, who selected it as one of the top five performances of the event, owing to a blend of “pulsating industrial rhythms to quiet bouts of ambience… the message comes across in the music's sense of purpose.”
She has performed an array of shows in Europe and working on artist residences at Pioneer Works in New York and the prestigious EMS studios in Stockholm. She has recently made appearances at the Red Bull Music Festival in Melbourne, playing live and appearing in conversation, as is a fixture at cutting-edge electronic events including Sustain-Release, Norbergsfestival, LEV Festival and an appearance at MoMA PS1.
Her 2021 album, “Silvercoat the throng” – released via DAIS – captures Hiro Kone at the peak of her powers, alchemizing disruption and decomposition into regenerative interior worlds: “Within the darkness and absence is an opportunity for discovery.”