Kenneth Atchley


1954 –


Who is Kenneth Atchley?

Kenneth Atchley is an American composer, noise artist and a member of the San Francisco Bay Area electronic music community.

Atchley uses temporary water fountains as sound-sources and uses analogue electronic instruments and laptops to create his works. Other important factors in his art include sculptures, and environmental and metaphorical elements. Atchley's music and live performances have been featured at various venues and festivals including The Kitchen, Bang on a Can, and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival.

In September 1982, Atchley took part in a joint concert called the Rota-League Concert when the League of Automated Music Composers joined forces with an electronic-music band called The Rotary Club.

Atchley worked with choreographer Roseanne Spradlin in 2003 to create Rearrangement as a duet for Walter Dundervill and Athena Malloy. According to the New York Times, the piece "sounds like running water" and "the dancers explore issues of mortality in an appropriately enigmatic setting".

In winter 2006-2007 he composed a set of works for strings.

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Oct 7, 1954
  • United States of America

on July 23, 2013


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