John Matthias

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    Mu­si­cian, com­poser and physi­cist.


    John Matthias, Art and Sound Research Group, School of Art and Media, Plymouth University, UK


    John Matthias is a mu­si­cian, com­poser and physi­cist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foun­da­tion New Music Award (the mu­si­cal equiv­a­lent of ‘The Turner Prize’) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the de­vel­op­ment of a huge sonic in­stal­la­tion en­ti­tled The Frag­mented Or­ches­tra which also won an Ho­n­ourary Men­tion at the Prix Ars Elec­tron­ica 2009. He has re­leased three al­bums, Small­town, Shin­ing (2001) on the Ac­ci­den­tal label, Sto­ries from the Wa­ter­cooler (2008) on the Ninja Tune/ Counter label and Cor­ti­cal Songs (2008/2009) (with Nick Ryan), a work for string or­ches­tra and solo vi­o­lin on the Non­clas­si­cal record label, which was listed by Time Out (Chicago in the top-ten clas­si­cal al­bums of 2009.

    He has worked with many record­ing artists in­clud­ing Ra­dio­head and Cold­cut and has per­formed ex­ten­sively in­clud­ing at the Word­less Music Se­ries in New York, The Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre in Paris and at the Union Chapel in Lon­don. He is As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor in Sonic Arts and co-di­rec­tor of the art + sound re­search group at the Uni­ver­sity of Ply­mouth and is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing new in­stru­ments and com­po­si­tional processes re­lat­ing to sonic events and spik­ing neu­rons. These ini­tia­tives in­clude or­ches­tral com­po­si­tion, dis­trib­uted sys­tems and the de­vel­op­ment of a new Neu­ronal Music Tech­nol­ogy and will form the basis of many new works and artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tions.

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