I will describe Matt Shoemaker’s second CD for Trente Oiseaux using some notes I jotted down on a piece of paper while listening to it. His music consists of an ever-changing, intricate web of sounds defining spaces in constant transformation. It is very detailed, very present. Transitions between sound scapes, sometimes very slow and very gradual, sometimes very surprising, keep his music going; often different strata of time are present simultaneously. Matt is a master in building and sustaining tension by means of changes in density of sounds and events, as well as by modifying the frequency range of the spectra used. Another interesting quality of his music is that it brings the abstractness of concrete sounds taken out of their context to consciousness.

I noted these general impressions while listening to the first of the two pieces, and i’d like to describe the second one in more detail: i can’t help but think of it as an immense, surrealist electronic rain forest, filled with tiny noises, far-away calls, and sudden showers of rain. The piece builds up slowly to stay quite intense and urgent over a longer stretch of time, and, after a change in harmony, to end (and finally fade away) in weightlessly floating vastness.

In June 2001, after i had written the above, Matt has composed a third piece, adding new sound colors to his palette, and deepening his exploration of the creation of artificial space. The vivid dynamics along with the overall mysterious character of the new piece make it the perfect opening work for his new CD.

While Matt Shoemaker is not a very known name in the realm of electroacoustic music, yet, i believe that it certainly will be in the future, and i will do my best to make it happen, as i think that his music quite comfortably compares with that of more known artists. Don’t miss his music!