Composer and musician Matthew Collings’ 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. This music is textural, melodic and often sonically overwhelming.
His ‘audio-visual opera’ with Jules Rawlinson, for strings, clarinet, electronics and real-time visuals, A Requiem for Edward Snowden, was premiered to a sell-out crowd in October 2014, and has been performed at Glasgow CCA, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (as part of Made in Scotland Showcase 2015), and Utrecht’s Gaudeamus Muziekweek (NL). His latest album, Uzonia (2019) explores a long-term collaboration with harpist Esther Swift.