Carolyn Fok

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Award-winning multimedia artist Carolyn Fok builds textured electronic music that is experimental while remaining deeply personal using an array of analog and digital instruments. Born April 3, 1966,…
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Award-winning multimedia artist Carolyn Fok builds textured electronic music that is experimental while remaining deeply personal using an array of analog and digital instruments.

Born April 3, 1966, Fok began writing and illustrating her own books at age five. When she was nine years old, Fok discovered a drum machine built by her father and a reel-to-reel four-track, and so her experiments with music had begun. Fok's studies focused on visual art and she graduated from Academy of Art in San Francisco with a B.F.A. in illustration.

As Cyrnai, Fok released albums, including Charred Blossoms (on Mind Matter in 1985), Object 3 (on Ladd-Frith in 1987), and Hypno-Seizure (independently released on cassette in 1987). She also recorded with Trial on Moments of Collapse for Rough Trade. In 1996, Fok released Transfiguration, an album and book project that focused on dreams and the psyche, on Titanium Records. Her first solo record as Carolyn Fok, the sprawling two-disc set The Listener, followed on Titanium in 2001.