Kevin Corcoran works with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of art, music, ecology, and communication in performance and fixed media pieces.
As a percussionist he is most interested in techniques which extend the sonic possibilities of the instrument emphasizing textural sound, friction, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones and the use of found objects. In this way, emphasis is placed on freely arranging sonic events in duration rather than marking time by rhythm.
He works also with environmental recordings, interested in sounds of natural and built surroundings through both observing and interacting with sites, and electronic sound through feedback systems, computer software and cassette tapes. These sounds are often combined with percussion in his performances where displaced environmental sounds provide a temporary acoustic identity of the space, and layers of past actions join the present moment of sound-making.
After earning a degree in Technocultural Studies from the University of California at Davis where he studied sonic arts and media theory he relocated to San Francisco where he currently lives, working solo and in collaboration with other musicians, dancers and filmmakers.
He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Taiwan and has collaborated on several published recordings both improvised and composed while continuing to work in ongoing collaborations and ad-hoc improvisations.
In addition to his own work he is co-curator and archivist of the concert series Re:Sound which takes place in an abandoned munitions magazine on Mare Island and operates under the nonprofit organization 23Five Incorporated which is dedicated to the development and increased awareness of sound works in the public arena.