Kaffe Matthews


Keynote: The morphology of traces through spaces – experiments in tracking routes for new compositional outcomes.

‘Scalloped hammerheads, sometimes in shoals, beneath or beyond, cruising by against the current as we feeble rubber-clad humans cling to a cliff face and gaze. Let go and we fly as astronauts, sensation pure joy. In fact there were several times when I had this feeling that we were not diving and not immersed in water at all, just suspended weightless in some miraculous blue paradise that was almost gelatinous, so teaming with life it was.’ km 2009

Alone on stage sending tiny sounds through air within audience listening space. Detailed attention to their shape, colour, texture as they move, weave patterns or carve solo lines, building temporary sculptures with others as they too move, hover and disappear. These movements and combinations together create music, composition.

But let us further consider the sounds trajectories through space, not only their discrete morphologies. The tapestries woven, the architecture sculpted is the outcome. Their elemental frames, the composers intention, the building blocks. Question. Can an exploration of journeys made through space for other purposes be used to instead create these fundamentals?

From works made tracing sounds through the map of the human body, following journeys made by school children, streets and rivers in England, Belgium and Portugal, along with the hunting routes of hammerhead sharks in the Pacific ocean, a case is put forward to present these approaches as! fundamental in enabling not only new compositional methods but creating wider audiences.


Kaffe Matthews was born in Essex, England and lives and works in London. Since 1990 she has been making and performing new electro-acoustic music worldwide with a variety of things and places such as violin, theremin, sharks, NASA scientists, the weather, children and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is developing interactive compositions for outdoor enjoyment with sonic bicycles and live diffustion instruments for performance. Acknowledged as a pioneer in electronic improvisation and live composition, Kaffe has released 6 solo CD’s on the label Annette Works and directs sonic furniture project ‘music for bodies’.



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