Kenneth Kirschner

The music of Kenneth Kirschner is situated at the intersection of contemporary classical composition and experimental electronic music. His work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context. An advocate of open source music, Kirschner releases all of his work freely online through his website,, which represents a complete archive of all his published music from the 1980s to present; his work has also been released by labels such as Sub Rosa, 12k, Line, Sirr, Leerraum, and/OAR, Room40, and SaD, as well as online through a wide variety of netlabels. Recent projects include ‘Compressions & Rarefactions’, a nearly 7-hour album of recent compositions released by 12k; ‘Variant’, a new series of interactive audiovisual iPad/iPhone apps created in collaboration with visualist Joshue Ott; and ‘Imperfect Forms: The Music of Kenneth Kirschner’, a multimedia retrospective from Berlin-based publisher Tokafi that includes essays, interviews, and artistic contributions from over two dozen journalists, musicians, and visual artists from around the world. Kirschner was a 2015 artist in residence at Eyebeam and a 2016 artist in residence in Times Square. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

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