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Matthew Whiteside is a 'cerebral composer and sound designer who’s creating classical-crossover works to challenge the 21st century consensus.' He writes music for concert, film and collaborative installations while often-using live electronics he seeks to create work with a meditative quality inviting the listener to project upon and experience on their own, rather than the composer’s, terms. Scottish Opera have commissioned Whiteside to write a new short opera, premièring 2018 and he is currently working with filmmaker/chorographer Marisa Zanotti developing a new installation piece with Magnetic North. He has been working with flutist Carla Rees to write a new piece for contra-bass flute and electronics with the support of Creative Scotland and Help Musicians Career Development Bursary which will be performed in November 2016.
His music has been performed across the world including Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Glasgow City Halls, Salem Artworks in New York and the Belfast International Festival at Queen’s. In 2015 he was co-commissioned by sound festival and R-Space gallery to collaborate with Dominika Mayovich to create a sound/art interactive installation.
Matthew’s recent work Solo for Viola D’amore and Live Electronics was described as having the overall effect of ‘one of meditation – a Japanese stone garden whose raked ripples have been brought into sound’ by Musicweb International and features on his debut album Dichroic Light released in 2015 and funded by Creative Scotland. It is available from Amazon and iTunes.
He composed the music for BBC 4 documentary 'Michael Palin's Quest for Artemisia' presented by Michael Palin, to be broadcast 28th December 2015. He has scored two feature films (Anna Unbound and The Loudest Sound) and a short (Edward). In 2013 he was selected to attend both Ghent Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festivals sound lab programmes.
Matthew is also a founding member and director of Edit-Point, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of electroacoustic music, and has worked with the University of Highlands and Islands and Glasgow Life to design and deliver education workshops.