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Kimberly Sutton

Chicago, IL   

Kimberly Sutton is from Detroit, Michigan, where the sounds of the city inspired her from a young age. She studied Music and Political Science at the University of Chicago and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Electronic Music at Mills College. She has studied cello with Marcy Chanteaux of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Nick Photinos of eigthblackbird, and Joan Jeanreneaud of the Kronos Quartet, and composition with Marta Ptaszynska, Pauline Oliveros, and Roscoe Mitchell. Her interests include installation using field recordings and found objects, improvisation, process-based and indeterminate composition, all stemming from a longstanding engagement with the politics of material culture and human productive interaction.

Last Strains

Recorded at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, IL. Ryan P. Jackson, banjo and percussion; Kimberly Sutton, cello and electronics.

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Factory Improv I

This is the board recording of the first set of improvisations with Ben Sutherland on electronics and myself on cello. Sutherland manipulates field recordings I made of the production line at Feeney, Inc., an Oakland, CA manufacturer of architectural cables.

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To Be Done with the Judgement of Glenn Beck

A radio collage using Antonin Artaud’s ‘To be Done with the Judgement of God’, weaving recordings of radically conservative pundits Father Coughlin and Glenn Beck’s. It culminates with processed samples from ‘Music from Saharan Cell Phones’, a release that features music collected from cello phone data cards in the Sahel, the newest form of sharing and transmitting music and data that seems to be replacing the radio in many parts of the world.

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