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Matthew Collings


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‘Silence Is A Rhythm Too’ is out now on Denovali Records:

Collings’s work contrasts the crushed guitars and textures of My Bloody Valentine or Sonic Youth with structures more akin to contemporary classical composers like Steve Reich or David Lang. In his powerful live performances, he uses the amplifier as an instrument and the guitar as a control device for innovative digital processes. Using numbers of ‘prepared amplifiers’, he coaxes unique sounds by placing bells, rice and wood directly onto the speaker cone and manipulating the physical vibrations with his fingers, producing a highly visual and physical performance.

These approaches a viscerally demonstrated on his debut full-length release ‘Splintered Instruments’ (2013). This music is textural, melodic and often sonically overwhelming.

He received an ALT-W award from New Media Scotland in 2012 for ‘The Third Mind’, an algorithmic cinema performance and installation with Erik Parr, premiered at sell-out shows at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA). He was recently invited to participate at the 50th Design Biennial in Ljubliana, Slovenia (2014).

His work for films includes a specially commissioned live score for Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent classic, ‘The Man with the Movie Camera’ for the Reykjavik Design Festival (2010) and an invitation to work on ‘The Invisibles’ (2010), a commission from Amnesty International with Ben Frost, featuring Gael Garcia Bernal.


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