Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (CFTPA) was the musical solo-project of musician Owen Ashworth (born April 22, 1977) of Redwood City, California.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
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Owen Ashworth
Background information
OriginSan Francisco, California, USA
Years active1997–2010
Associated actsAdvance Base, Sun Kil Moon
WebsiteOfficial website
Past membersOwen Ashworth

CFTPA was active 1997 - 2010, during which five studio albums were released, alongside numerous other releases. CFTPA toured with other indie artists such as The Donkeys, Papercuts, P:ano, The Dead Science, David Bazan, The Rapture and Xiu Xiu. Following the end of CFTPA, Ashworth began a new project, Advance Base.


Owen Ashworth started CFTPA after he dropped out of film school in 1997. The project was established under a set of Dogme 95-like rules: short songs, played in C, on the white notes of Casio keyboards.[2] The band's musical style was characterized by the use of electronically produced beats, cheap keyboards, and slow, frank lyrics. From Etiquette onwards, CFTPA widened in musical scope and added more analog instruments and an overall more organic sound.

In 2010 Ashworth announced that he was retiring the "Casiotone for the Painfully Alone" name, as well as the songs he wrote under that name, although he planned to continue making music. The project's final show was on December 5, 2010, the thirteen-year anniversary of its first show.[3][4] Ashworth's new project is called Advance Base.[5]

Owen Ashworth's brother is Gordon Ashworth, who makes experimental harsh noise as Oscillating Innards and ambient works as Concern, and also plays in grindcore/black metal project Knelt Rote.


Casiotone for the Painfully Alone AlbumsEdit

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Compilation albumsEdit

Advance Base AlbumsEdit

Advance Base Compilation albumsEdit


  1. ^ "Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. ^ McNamee, David (13 July 2010). "Hey, what's that sound: Casiotone". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ Hudson, Alex (2010-07-28). "Owen Ashworth Opens Up about the End of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone". Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  4. ^ "casiotone for the painfully alone". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  5. ^ "Advance Base of Chicago, Ill". 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2015-09-05.

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