"Mattin's music has an undeniable
roughness, a lack of politeness that sets him apart from other more
high-concept laptoppers. He's a contrarian, intent on going
against the grain at all times, never doing what's
expected of him. His albums can dwell on hellish noise or centre on the
flimsiest wisps of sound."
- Keith Moliné, The Wire
- "Broken Subject"
Mattin and Margarida Garcia - "For Permitted Consumption" excerpt
Moss Forest is an exploration in new media by artists Marc Zajack and Micah Danges. Processing
both collected audio and visual information MOSS FOREST: LOOMING MIDST
celebrates a dark underbelly found just beneath the surface. An
organic narrative built from elements of noise, light and image
continues to grow and shift in conjunction with real-time exploration
of sound and installation. Through constant experimentation MFLM
presents an endless circuit of evolving parameters and possibilities
inspired from nature's lush vegetation and reoccurring patterns.
a Basque artist working with noise and improvisation. His work seeks to
address the social and economic structures of experimental music
production through live performance, recordings and writing.
Using a conceptual
approach, he aims to question the nature and parameters of
improvisation, specifically the relationship between the idea of
''freedom''and constant innovation that it traditionally implies, and
the established conventions of improvisation as a genre.
improvisation not only as an interaction between musicians and
instruments, but as a situation involving all the elements that
constitute a concert, including the audience and the social and
architectural space. He tries to expose the stereotypical relation
between active performer and passive audience, producing a sense of
strangeness and alienation that disturbs this relationship.
Discography Mattin has
published more than 50 records on different labels all over the world,
alone and in collaboration.
Labels Mattin runs the
label w.m.o/r which focuses on experimental works with a conceptual and
minimalist approach. He also runs Free Software Series, a label
dedicated to promote works that are realized using free software and
the chaotic netlabel Desetxea ( http://www.mattin.org/desetxea.html),
which has more than 150 references.
Collaborations Mattin has
collaborated with many musicians inlcuding: Eddie Prevost
(Sakada), '' '' [sic] Tim Goldie (Deflag Haemorrhage/Haien Kontra),
Lucio Capece (NMM), Mark Wastell (Belaska), Rosy Parlane, Radu
Malfatti, Taku Unami, Dion Workman, Junko, Billy Bao, Xabier Erkizia,
Alberto Lopez, Josetxo Anitua & Inigo Eguillor (Josetxo Grieta),
Tim Barnes, Matthew Bower, Oren Ambarchi, Margarida Garcia, Dean
Roberts, Klaus Fillip, Bruce Russell, Matt Earle, Campbell Kneale,
Werner Dafeldecker, Cremaster, DD Kern, Kouhei Matsunaga, Christof
Kurzmann, Matthew Hyland, Joel Stern, Anthony Guerra, Takehiro
Nishide, Taku Sugimoto, Yasuo Totsuka, Axel Doerner, Masafumi Ezaki,
Tony Conrad, Michel Henritzi and Philip Best.
Performances Mattin has toured
Europe, Japan, USA, China, Australia and New Zealand.
He has performed
in many international festivals including: ad libitum (Warsaw 2007),
Argos (Brussels 2007), Sonorites (Montpelier 2007), Densites (Fresnes
en Woevre 2007), Jazz Festival (Mullhouse 2007), Noise Festival
(Ljubljana 2007), Sonic Protest (Paris 2007), Escena contemporanea
(Madrid 2007), ErstQuake (New York 2006),
No Trend (London 2006), Parthenay Festival (Parthenay 2006), LMC
festival (London 2005), What is music? (Australia 2004),Improvisations
(Adelaide 2004), Avanto (Helsinki 2004), Lieux Communs (Montreal 2004),
Observatori (Valencia 2004), Ciberart y MEM (Bilbao 2004), LEM e
Improvisa ( Barcelona 2003), Freedom of the City Festival (2003 &
2002 London), Konfrontation 2003 (Nickelsdorf), SKIF 7 ( 2003 San
Petersburg & Moscow) , Wrong Festival (Barcelona 2002), MEM (Bilbao
2003, 2002, 2001), Ertz 2001 & 2002 (Bera) y Elektronikaldia (2001
Writing Mattin also writes
about improvisation, noise, culture in more general terms and
intellectual property. His texts have been published in books and
magazines such as: Work the Room (b-books, Berlin), Mute magazine
(London), Soliloquio (Getxo), Gara (Euskadi), Arsenal (Londres), 3t
(Bergen), The Wire (Londres) y MEM codex (Bilbao). Mattin has
edited the book ''Bilbao Acabado'' dealing with role of culture in the
regeneration process of Bilbao.
He is currently
editing a book titeld ''Noise & Capitalism'' that explores the
relationship of experimental music with the economic system that we are
living in. ''Noise & Capitalism'' will be published in English and
Spanish by Arteleku-Audiolab in collaboration with [un]common sounds
Workshops He has given
lectures and workshops about improvisation in different places such as:
MAK (Vienna), Zagreb, Adeleide and Basque Country.
Exhibitions He had exhibited
his sound work in places such as Arthouse (Dublin), Arteleku
(Donostia/San Sebastian), Abisal y Sala Rekalde (Bilbao), CataLyst Arts
(Belfast), Cubbit Gallery (Londres), ZAIM (Yokohama), Alma (Londres).
Media Mattin has
appeared on TV and radio, including the ''mixing it'' program on BBC
and Resonance FM (London). He has received
many reviews and articles in the international music press, such as
Time Out (New York), Berria (Euskal Herria), The Wire (London), Reveu
et Corvige, (Grenoble), Signal to Noise (Texas), Ruta 66 (Barcelona),
Autsaider (Kiev), and El Correo (Bilbao). He was described as of one of
the best laptop performers of the moment (Jonathon Dale, Signal To
Residencies He has twice
received grants from the Basque government to realize different
projects (2004 & 2005). One of these projects was ''Bilbao
Acabado'' (http://www.mattin.org/bilbaoacabado.html), an investigation
of the role of culture in the the processes of gentrification in
post-industrial cities like Bilbao. A part of the project was the
publication of the book with the same name.
In the summer of
2003 Mattin had a residency in Vienna at Quartier 21, Muesums Quartier
currently in New York doing the Whitney Independent Study Program. *****
studied at the Parsons School of
Design, from the New School University in New York. By then she
was very interested in Max Neuhaus and Robert Smithson's work as well
as the films and sounds of Tony Conrad and Michael Snow. She has collaborated in
live/recording settings with Manuel Mota, Nöel Akchoté,
Barry Weisblat, Otomo Yoshihide, Toshio Kajiwara, Oren Ambarchi, Ferran
Fages, Alfredo C. Monteiro, Ruth Barberán, John Tilbury, Sean
Meehan, Eddie Prevost, Rhodri Davies, Matt Valentine, Erica Elder,
David Keenan, Alex Neilson and Mattin.
was born in 1975 in Brooklyn. He is a sound artist and electronic
instrument builder who extensively experiments with electro-magnetic
devices, solar technology, homemade and modified circuits for
application in sound generation/manipulation, audio engineering and
photography. Weisblat has collaborated with Margarida Garcia, Tower
Recordings, Mattin, Tim Barnes and Tetuzi Akiyama, and has built
instruments for Peter Kowald, Toshio Kajiwara, Manuel Mota and Matt
Valentine. He has sound engineered for Erstwhile Records, Dean Roberts
and Jon Gibson.
is an improvising drummer/percussionist/thereminist/composer whose work
investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics. As well
as being a drumset player, his work with unusual sound sources includes
found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital
and homemade analog electronics. His work with the theremin varies the
quality of its sound through set-up and technique. On the theremin he
has performed with dancers and in group settings playing experimental,
jazz, rock, ersatz lounge and chamber music. In 2000, he was
photographed playing a Moog ether wave theremin for the front of Bob
Moog’s Big Briar catalog. He has performed in multiple performances of
the NYC Theremin Society’s Issue Project Room concerts during 2005,
2006 and 2007. He has studied movement/sparring/drumming with Professor
Milford Graves, drum technique with Joe Morello, tabla with Misha
Masud, kanjira with Ganesh Kumar and Haitian/Afro-Cuban hand drumming
with John Amira. He has studied musicianship with Helen Hobbs Jordan,
composition with Richard Cameron Wolf, Blue Gene Tyranny and the
theremin with Pamelia Kurstin.
He was selected for a composers fellowship to Music/Omi 2001. Music/Omi
is part of the International Music Colony @ the Art Omi International
Arts Center, in the upstate city of Ghent, N.Y..
During the summer of 2003, he participated in Baltimore’s High Zero
Festival. An ongoing, yearly improvisational festival featuring
musicians from the USA and abroad.
In Berlin, Germany he participated in an impromptu performance series
entitled “Purgatory”, presented by Alexander Hacke(Einsturzende
During the spring of 2004 he participated, along with his partner, the
dancer/choreographer Susan Hefner, in Birmingham, Alabama’s
ImprovFestival produced by LaDonna Smith.
He and Susan debuted their “Fulminate Moon” duo performance as a part
of the Roulette series, at Location One Gallery in Soho, NYC on April
Susan and Michael, along with LaDonna Smith took part in performing in
Brooklyn’s Improvised And Otherwise Festival: A Festival of Sound And
Form on May 6th, 2005.
During August of 2005, the duo of percussionist Samm Bennett/Michael
Evans toured Japan.
In August of 2006 (he also will be teaching/performing during the
summer of this year, August 2007) he taught a week long drummer’s
workshop to children and performed at the Electric Eclectics festival
(Festival Of Modern Music And Irritainment) in Meaford, Canada.
During December of 2006, he and Susan Hefner presented their duo of
movement and sound, Cymbalic Logicians during the Chocolate Factory’s
Fresh Meat Festival in Long Island City, NY.
Recently on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2008, he and Susan Hefner yet again
presented their new duo performance of movement and sound, Domestic
Noise at the Chocolate Factory Theatre in Long Island City, NY.
He has worked with a wide variety of actors, comedians, film makers,
musicians, performance artists, and dancers including Ron Anderson,
Jeff Arnal, Audio Artists, Claire Barratt, Samm Bennett, Jac Berrocal,
Carla Bley, Naval Cassidy, James Chance, Martha Colburn, Combustible
Edison, Lol Coxhill, EasSide Percussion(ESP), Roger Ely(the Devil’s
Chaueffeur), Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Ken Filiano, Fast Forward(Gobo),
Chris Ferris, Michael Gira (Angels of Light, Swans), Gisburg, Gilbert
Godfried, God is my Co-Pilot, Alexander Hacke(Einsturzende Neubauten),
Susan Hefner, Steve Horowitz’s Code Ensemble, Jarboe (Swans), Pamelia
Kurstin, Skip LaPlante’s Music for Homemade Instruments, Gen Ken
Montgomery, Neil Leonard, Aimee Mann, Karen Mantler, Sean G. Meehan,
Donald Miller, Eric Mingus, Gordon Monahan, Joe Morris, Anders Nilsson,
Evan Parker, Andrea Parkins, Maxime De La Rochefoucauld, William
Parker, Yvette Perez’s Birdbrain, Gino Robair, Lary Seven, Elliot
Sharp, Moe! Staiano, LaDonna Smith, David Simons, Toronto Dance
Theatre, Stephen Vitiello, Christopher Walken, Jason Willet, Peter
Zummo’s Noisy Meditation Band and John Zorn.
He continues his ongoing collaborations with: Jeff Arnal(MEJA duo),
Anders Nilsson & Ken Filiano(Fulminate Trio), Peter Zummo’s Noisy
Meditation Band, EasSide Percussion(ESP), Lary Seven and composes music
for and performs with Susan Hefner and Dancers.
Recorded examples of his work can be found on EasSide Percussion’s ESP
release on Avant records, MESuperstar on A.T.M.O.T.W. records, Karen
Mantler’s Farewell and Pet Project releases on XtraWatt records, Just
Drums 2 - The Project(a compilation of 35 drummers) on Fever Pitch
records and MEJA(Michael Evans/Jeff Arnal) on C3R records.