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Kaffe Matthews is a pioneering music maker who works live with space, data, things, and place to make new electroacoustic composition. Site, accessibility and the physical experience of this music for the maker and listener has always been central to her approach and so she has also invented some unique interfaces – the sonic armchair, the sonic bed and a variety of sonic bikes which enable new paths into composition for makers and ways in to unfamiliar sound and music for wide ranging audiences.

2021 and she developed the breathing Enviro Bike to enable riders to hear music made by the pollution of the air as they ride. Now she is back on stage live with no laptop, instead a new instrument the Ripley. A noise filter system designed on alchemical discoveries made by George Ripley, a 15th British alchemist, with new works to release.

Long concerned with community and the environment, Matthews has also established the collectives ‘Music for Bodies’(2006) and ‘The Bicrophonic Research Institute’(2014) where ideas and techniques grow within a pool of coders and artists using shared and open source approaches, publishing all outcomes online.

Since 1995 Matthews has performed and taught worldwide, receiving awards such as the NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship; Honorary Professor of Music, Shanghai Music Conservatory; a Scottish BAFTA with Mandy McIntosh & Zeena Parkins; Distinction Prix Ars Electronica Sonic Bed_London and Honorary mention for cd cécile. She is the first woman to have received the Edgar Varèse guest professorship, computer music, TU Berlin. Kaffe has also been releasing solo works on Annette Works since 1996.

download current CV

https://www.kaffematthews.net
http://www.annetteworks.com
http://www.sonicbikes.net
http://www.musicforbodies.net
@kaffematthews

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