The Matthew Machine & Avail Yourself

23rd December 2021 – YEOVIL

Late night shopping entertainment continues at EPS.

The Matthew Machine is an analogue modular synthesiser system which composes and performs music in the moment, to whoever happens to be around and to whoever will listen. It’s based around two oscillator voices (plus a third noise source) driven by a dual Krell patch involving four cycling envelopes with end of fall and end of rise triggers. In combination with a number of random voltage generators, the envelopes determine new note pitches, durations and probabilities that a note will sound. The music never repeats. It’s self-generative and there are always “moments”. It’s pretty much wild electricity as music. It will certainly do nice things to your brainwaves.Today’s performance is called “auto-autumnal generative sound wave bath” and is 55’05” long.

This will be followed by a performance of taut, tense and fuzzy ambient music by Matthew J Saunders under the moniker,“Avail Yourself”. An album is to follow shortly.

Matthew J Saunders is a Birmingham native who absent-mindedly sine-wave-surfed his way to the West Country in 2001 and never got back. He records and performs as the Twilight Sequence, Assembled Minds, Rapid Eye Electronics Ltd. (with fellow West Country brown acid wizards Farmer Glitch and IX Tab), Avail Yourself and Magnétophone.

He’s released records on 4AD and many other labels and has a 7”, 12” and an LP coming out on Castles in Space in 2022 (as Twilight Sequence). He’s worked with Peter Kember, Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, King Creosote, The Earlies and James Yorkston, and recorded sessions for Radio 1 for John Peel, Rob Da Bank, Radio 3’s Mixing It and XFM.

You’ll find some music here: