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Silence Is A Rhythm Too

by Matthew Collings

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By now there’s no doubt that Matthew Collings is an innovative composer on the scale of Ben Frost, Greg Haines, Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly, and so on. His work has become gradually outstanding, and with Silence is a Rhythm Too he’s blazed his own path through contemporary music, recording an album that is as emotionally intense as it is complex. Like the art of his peers, it strides a fine line between a radical form of pop experimentalism and the even less accessible leanings of the avant-garde, proving itself deep and defiant while not being entirely confrontational toward common forms of listening. Whenever someone starts to berate the present in favor of past musics, I always think of all these composers doing so much exciting work, and cannot help but imagine how silly that someone will feel when they eventually read the fascinating history happening right here before us, of which Collings and his fellows are a crucial part. (David Murrieta - A Closer Listen)

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Still being intrigued by the idea of materials on the edge of collapse, he catches them up in their dying breath: The record is full of these processes, including prepared amplifiers and electronics pushed to the extreme to coax new sounds, close-micing and high volume. Despite the fact that most of his work is mediated by technology, he’s far more excited by the sound of acoustic. Featuring brass ensembles and a string quartet the instruments and sounds are full of cracks, breath, embedding rough materials informed by luscious intentions. “Silence Is A Rhythm Too” keeps an eye on the small textural details as it is about harmony and physicality in the moment where silence and noise meet.

(from Denovali Records press sheet)


released July 25, 2014

~ Silence is a Rhythm Too ~

Everything you love will end up on the breeze
I'm made of Endless Hours
Silence is a Rhythm Too

Composed, Performed and Recorded by Matthew Collings

Except Strings on Everything you love… and Toms performed by McFalls Chamber Ensemble, taken from 'News from Nowhere', composed by Matthew Collings, recorded by Alex Fiennes
French Horn by Matt Giannotti
Clarinet and Bass Clarinet on Stills by Pete Furniss
Violins by on Stills and Cicero by Paul Evans
Additional Drum Recording on Silence is a Rhythm Too by Daniel Rejmer
Toms features recordings from 'The Acoustic Amplifier', designed by Matthew Collings, Gareth Griffiths and Giorgios Aposkotis

Recorded at Edinburgh College of Art, Reid School of Music and Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh, UK, 2011-2014
Mixed and Mastered by Matthew Collings

Thanks to Elin, Euan, Terence, Matt Gio, Pete, Paul Evans, Paul Elam, Timo and Thomas @ Denovali, Talivhorros, Dag Rosenqvist, Jules Rawlinson, Timo and Kevin Hay, Gareth, Giorgios, Dan and everyone who has supported and encouraged over these years.



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Matthew Collings Edinburgh, UK

Tiny delicate moments of intimacy and all-consuming noise; the music of composer and sound artist Matthew Collings is textural, melodic and often sonically overwhelming. Spanning the divide between Steve Reich and avant-garde guitar music, Collings has already found considerable praise from the international community for his previous releases under the curious moniker Sketches for Albinos ... more

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