Monday, January 23, 2006


For awhile now Mattin, the British computer maximist/minimalist improviser/sound stoker, has been claiming an "anti-copyright" on his music -- no ownership/free to all. He has now made his entire discography and all releases published by his label w.m.o. just that: free to all for download. Quite a statement and a coup for everyone else, cause there is some stunning works in there. Mattin's use of laptop and shareware software would seem to, on paper, jack him in a rut but instead he has become the most finely unpredictable, constantly evolving artist in the whole shabag of electro-acousitc-whatever.

Already, his bod of work has fanned out into some grand moments. My fav picks of his own would be the duo with Dion Workman, Via Vespucci; Agur 3" CDr, his first collab with Rosy Parlane; the solo Gora; hovering craft duo with percussionist Tim Barnes Live at Issue, NYC; and various recordings by Sakada, Mattin's group with Rosy Parlane, Eddie Prevost, and sometimes Mark Wastell, Margarida Garcia and others. For w.m.o, I'll hold that off for a future post.

And to get the 'free-for-all' point across more, these downloads are encoded in .ogg form, the open source code created by Vorbis: Ogg Vorbis is a new audio compression format. It is roughly comparable to other formats used to store and play digital music, such as MP3, VQF, AAC, and other digital audio formats. It is different from these other formats because it is completely free, open, and unpatented.

So you will need to dowload the app or get the iTunes to listen.

Tim Barnes & Mattin: Live at Issue, NYC
Sakada: Askatuta pt. 1
Mattin: Gora pt. 1
Mattin & Dion Workman: Via Vespucci


At 12:31 PM, Blogger 11V said...

Sincere apologies if you've already mentioned the following links previously, but Jane Siberry has recently made her entire back- catalogue available for download in a variety of ways, including self-determined pricing. It's worth reading her statement here: And more musically pertinent to Mattin is Farmer's Manual (Mego) who made all of their live recordings available for free download at the time of their release on a DVD. Here's the DVD project page - I >think< this is their download page: - all files also in .ogg format.

At 5:27 AM, Blogger blackandgold said...

Minor point of correction in that Mattin is Basque and not British. It surfaces most obviously in album titles like "Bilbao Resiste, Resiste Bilbao" and "Basque Road".
Hate to be that guy but it's worth bringing up in that it gives you a different perspective on the whole deal.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger eric said...

Hey, if you weren't being that guy I wouldn't have know. Thanks for the information.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Cynthia Vara said...


This is my kind of stuff!



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