Matthew Leigh Embleton

Composer, Musician, Producer

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Composer

Mentioned in Peter Croton's Modern Lute Music project

Compositions for Solo Lute:

Op 1 - ‘Journey in d-minor’ - A suite in three movements arranged for both baroque lute and renaissance lute. Published by The Lute Society

Op 2 - 'Nocturnes in d-minor & e-minor' - Arranged for both baroque lute and renaissance lute. Published by The Lute Society

Op 3 - 'From Depth in a-minor' - Arranged for both baroque lute and renaissance lute. Published by The Lute Society

Op 4 - 'Nocturnes in f-minor & g-minor' - Quarterly Journal Volume 97 no 3 (Fall 2012). Published by the Lute Society of America

18/05/2014 Matthew Leigh Embleton - Music For Spaces (Audio Fabrique)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Listen to clips or download from:

Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com | Amazon.fr | Amazon.de | Amazon.it | Amazon.co.jp | Amazon.es

Matthew plays a 7c Renaissance Lute in F made by Luke Emmet of Orlando Lutes, Bass Guitar, and electronics.

"Music For Spaces is another beautiful inspired ambient sonic masterpiece from Matthew Leigh Embleton. Limpid drops of sonic poetry undulating waves of liquid sound, float in a beautiful enraptured sensual harmony of the senses. Free Your Mind. lay back and lose yourself in this intensely moving beautiful soundtrack for the mind & body. Soft soothing gentle waves of sound dissolve the negative energy of external life and internal conflict. Your Imagination and senses are set free, as you roam through sensual journeys of the mind. Film music for the mind, a soundtrack for the senses. Perfect, beautiful healing and uplifting."

Chris Garland, Audio Fabrique

18/05/2014 Matthew Leigh Embleton - Shades of History (Audio Fabrique)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Listen to clips or download from:

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Matthew plays a 7c Renaissance Lute in F made by Luke Emmet of Orlando Lutes and electronics.

"Matthew Leigh Embleton's 'Shades Of History' is a beautiful infinite soundtrack through the enveloping tissues of time and space. A sensual soundtrack for the senses. Romantic visions abound. Close your eyes and you are you are in rennaisance Spain looking out to sea from as yet another galleon sails out to the new world, pennants flying and sails softly billowing in the quickening breeze. Or you are transported to a perfect balmy beautiful Tuscany or Florence, you sip your grapa,and gaze languidly out over the rolling sun kissed hills , shimmering rooftops and vineyards. This is an intensely beautiful album, an irresistible soundtrack for the mind and journey through the senses."

Chris Garland, Audio Fabrique

07/04/2014 - 'Little Boats' a short film written and directed by Mike Embleton. Music by Matthew Leigh Embleton.

24/03/2014 Matthew Leigh Embleton - Music For Lute And Laptop Volume 4 (Featuring David Van Ooijen, Lutes) (Alex Tronic Records / ATR Classical)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

David plays a 6c and 7c Renaissance Lute, and Baroque Lute

Listen to clips or download from:

Qobuz.com | Amazon.com | Amazon.de | Amazon.fr | Amazon.co.jp | Amazon.it | Amazon.es | Amazon.co.uk

08/07/2013 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Music For Lute And Laptop Volume 3 (Featuring David Van Ooijen, Lutes) (Alex Tronic Records / ATR Classical)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

David plays Archlute, Baroque Lute, and Theorbo

David Van Ooijen

David Van Ooijen plays solo music and accompanies singers on various lutes, historical guitars and shamisen. He also plays continuo in several early music groups and orchestras. He appeared in the festivals of Utrecht, Flanders, Wratislawa, Osnabrück, Dubrovnik, Melk, Cambrils, Seviqc Brezice, Gijón, Berlin, Tehran and Nagasaki.

He recorded some 30 CDs and in 1991 BBC radio made solo recordings of him. In 1998 he won an early music prize in Holland and in 2000 and 2009 he was invited to spend a month in Hirado, Japan, as artist in residence. Here he has come to love traditional Japanese music and learned to play the shamisen. After making a CD with Japanese songs with soprano Chiyomi Yamada, accompanied on an original 19th century guitar, David has toured Japan three times in 2003 and 2008.

In 2012 David returned for concerts to Hirado. In 2004 and 2005 CDs with altus Sytse Buwalda reached the number one spot in the classical charts of the Dutch national radio and David’s CD with fellow lutenist Michiel Niessen, featuring the first recording of the complete lute duets of sixteenth century lute virtuoso Giovanni Antonio Terzi, received a raving review in the prestigious Early Music Magazine.

In 2007 David played during the baptism service of Princess Ariane, daughter of the Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander and his wife Máxima. In 2011 and 2012 he played concerts with lutenist Toyohiko Satoh in Spain and Japan.

"I use gut strings on my lutes and early guitars, because I strongly feel it is the right thing to do. Their warmth of tone colour and complexity of sound make them ideal to express my musicality."

27/05/2013 - Hymn To Mithras featured on 'Ancient Rome Refocused'

Rob Cain's blog Ancient Rome Refocused features 'Hymn To Mithras' in Episode 12, Season 2, Venus (the statue of the goddess) takes a journey across time.

Minnie Rogers provides haunting backing vocals for this ambient evocation of Ancient Rome.

06/05/2013 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Music For Lute And Laptop Volume 2 (Featuring Susan King, Lute) (Alex Tronic Records / ATR Classical)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Susan King plays an 11 Course Baroque Lute by Michael Lowe, Oxford, UK. Recorded at Mt Nelson, Hobart, Tasmania on 22nd June 2012 by Tony Sayer of Megatone Productions (Megatoneproductions@netspace.net.au)

On 'Tasmanian Lake' Matthew Leigh Embleton plays a 13 Course Baroque Lute by the David Van Edwards Summer School 2011 (www.vanedwards.co.uk), courtesy of The Lute Society

04/03/2013 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Music For Lute And Laptop Volume 1 (Featuring Susan King, Lute) (Alex Tronic Records / ATR Classical)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Susan King plays an 11 Course Baroque Lute by Michael Lowe, Oxford, UK. Recorded at Mt Nelson, Hobart, Tasmania on 22nd June 2012 by Tony Sayer of Megatone Productions (Megatoneproductions@netspace.net.au)

The Laptop

In performances of modern art music, particularly Electro-Acoustic, Acousmatic, or Avant-Garde, the Laptop is listed as an instrument in its own right. The contribution that the Laptop makes to the overall sound depends entirely on the guidance from the composer, the interpretation of that guidance by the performer, and the software and how it is used to produce and / or modify sounds as part of the performance. In this project, the role of the Laptop is to provide gentle sonic treatments of the Lute and a harmonic ambient backdrop to the composition.

The Lute

The French Baroque Lute has a special tone quality, resonance and clarity of sound that speaks directly to the heart of the listener. It was developed in the first quarter of the 1600's by lutenists seeking a way to better express what they wanted to say in their music. They believed that the music of the lute was the voice of the gods. What they did was experimental and ground-breaking and paved the way for new directions in music. Today we carry on this tradition of innovation, allowing the voice of the lute and the technology available through the laptop to lead us forward to new horizons. The origin of the lute may be in the past, but this project shows that the lute is an instrument for our times and the future.

Susan King

Susan King (Jones) was born in Sydney, Australia on 8th January 1956. She gained her Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Never one to take the obvious pathway, Susan's life has been filled with interesting twists and turns. However in 2008 her love of the French Baroque Lute compelled her to move to Europe where she spent the next four years following her passion for lute playing across several continents.

She then returned to her home on the beautiful island of Tasmania where she directs the biennial Hobart Lute Festival.

Susan has always enjoyed working with composers in the creation of new music and loves exploring the possibilities this offers with the lute. In 1988, Australian composer Robert Allworth wrote the first concerto written in modern times for the French Baroque lute for Susan.

"The music of this instrument speaks to me in a way that no other music does.

When I hold my lute, it is no longer just me and the lute it is neither of us but something else, something that demands to be heard, to speak, to move, to communicate. I play music because I must and I play the French Baroque Lute because it is the sound I desire.

When I play from the original handwritten 17th century manuscripts I feel connected to the composer. Across time and space, 400 years apart, we meet.

And when I work with living composers, I hear my lute in new ways, which deepens my understanding of the instrument. Working with Matthew has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for the lute, truly bringing it into the 21st century."

21/01/2013 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Resonance FM 104.4 London, presented by Stephanie Feeney

Discussing modern Lute music and the Lute in Electronic Music.

Track 01 - Journey in D Minor (Published by The Lute Society, played by Susan King, Stuart Walsh, and David Van Ooijen)

Track 02 - Becki Bardot (aka Rebecca Croan) - Summer of Love (Snakestyle's Ibiza Sunrise Mix, Alex Tronic Records)

Track 03 - Joan Ambrosio Dalza - Tastar De Corde #3

Track 04 - Snakestyle & Sweetleaf - Out Of Bounds (Alex Tronic Records)

Track 05 - Snakestyle - Late Night Improvisation (Alex Tronic Records)

29/06/2012 - Bach - BWV999 Prelude In C Minor, Ambient Remix, David Van Ooijen, Archlute, Matthew Leigh Embleton, Ambient electronics.

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Performances by other musicians:

03/11/2013 - Journey in d-minor - Steve Metcalfe, Renaissance Lute

26/10/2013 - Nocturne in e-minor - Steve Metcalfe, Archlute

18/08/2013 - From Depth - Steve Metcalfe, Renaissance Lute

30/06/2013 - Journey in c-minor - Introduction, Stuart Walsh, Renaissance Lute

06/06/2013 - Cloud Level - Stuart Walsh, Renaissance Lute

15/05/2013 - Arpeggiata - David Van Ooijen, Baroque Lute

01/05/2013 - Arpeggiata - Stuart Walsh, Renaissance Lute

01/02/2013 - From Depth - Stuart Walsh, Renaissance Lute

25/01/2013 - From Depth - David Van Ooijen, Baroque Lute

05/01/2013 - Looking Skyward - Stuart Walsh, Renaissance Lute

15/12/2012 - Nocturne in e-minor - Stuart Walsh, Renaissance Lute

05/10/2012 - Looking Skyward - Susan King, Baroque Lute

04/10/2012 - Extransience - Susan King, Baroque Lute

22/07/2012 - Cloud Level - Susan King, Baroque Lute

29/06/2012 - Bach - BWV999 Prelude In C Minor, Ambient Remix, David Van Ooijen, Archlute, Matthew Leigh Embleton, Ambient electronics.

27/05/2012 - Journey in d-minor - David Van Ooijen, Baroque Lute

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Lute

Matthew plays a 7c Renaissance Lute in F made by Luke Emmet of Orlando Lutes. A=440hz, 63cm nylgut strings, ash and walnut with ebony detailing. The outline of the body is based on the Venere lute of 1592.

Lute Links

Luke Emmet - lute maker

Susan King - lutenist

David Van Ooijen - lutenist

Stuart Walsh - lutenist

Steve Metcalfe - lutenist

Peter Croton - lutenist, guitarist, songwriter, and lecturer at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis

The Lute Society - the centre of all things lute in the UK

Sarge Gerbode - a massive resource of lute tablature

Arnold Den Teuling - an informative collection of renaissance scores and midi files

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Snakestyle

23/04/2014 - Various - Goa Beach 23 (Millennium Records)

Track 01 - Snakestyle - Future Dub (Featuring Ranking Roger)

Track 10 - Snakestyle - Space Lounge (Featuring Mike Embleton) (Extended Mix)

21/01/2013 - Snakestyle - Resonance FM 104.4 London, presented by Stephanie Feeney

Discussing modern Lute music and the Lute in Electronic Music.

Track 01 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Journey in D Minor (Published by The Lute Society, played by Susan King, Stuart Walsh, and David Van Ooijen)

Track 02 - Becki Bardot (aka Rebecca Croan) - Summer of Love (Snakestyle's Ibiza Sunrise Mix, Alex Tronic Records)

Track 03 - Joan Ambrosio Dalza - Tastar De Corde #3

Track 04 - Snakestyle & Sweetleaf - Out Of Bounds (Alex Tronic Records)

Track 05 - Snakestyle - Late Night Improvisation (Alex Tronic Records)

20/11/2012 - Various - Volume 3, The Chill Out (Alex Tronic Records)

Track 10 - Snakestyle - A Rainy Night in London (Featuring Minnie Rogers)

15/12/2011 - Snakestyle - Snakestyle World Radio reviewed by Jonathan Muirhead, isthismusic.com)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

There’s a real, resounding eerieness which lies beneath the sound here. It’s very unsettling but quite exciting at the same time and really draws you into the heart of the music, telling you that these are dark and stormy waters into which you are being drawn.

The overall smoothness of the sound really helps, some beats which are almost balearic chiming with the bass to get the heart pumping and the stomach a-stirring.

But all this would mean nothing without the beautiful vocals which sit on top of everything else. Coming on as a bit of a cross between Michael Stipe and Aretha Franklin, the words are rarely fully heard but the emotions always fully expressed, which makes this oddly perfect winter listening.

12/12/2011 - Snakestyle - Snakestyle World Radio (Alex Tronic Records)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Track 01 - Snakestyle - Just Moving (Featuring Andy Barnett)

Track 02 - Snakestyle - I Control The Light

Track 03 - Snakestyle - Machines Warming Up (Version 2)

Track 04 - Snakestyle - Rising And Falling

Track 05 - Snakestyle - Stirred Sleep (Featuring Mike Embleton)

Track 06 - Snakestyle - Across And Dub

Track 07 - Snakestyle - Communications Frozen

Track 08 - Snakestyle - Waking Up In A Jungle (Featuring Daniel Waples & Flavio Lopez)

Track 09 - Snakestyle - Side To Side (Featuring Minnie Rogers)

Track 10 - Snakestyle - Snow Shelter

Track 11 - Snakestyle - Late Night Improvisation

Track 12 - Snakestyle - Communications Frozen (Video by Mike Embleton)

05/12/2011 - Snakestyle - Snakestyle Live Volume 2 (Alex Tronic Records)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Track 01 - Snakestyle - Machines Warming Up (Whirl-Y-Gig 1st March 2009)

Track 02 - Snakestyle - Hopeful (Whirl-Y-Gig 1st March 2009)

Track 03 - Snakestyle - Side To Side (Whirl-Y-Gig, 1st March 2009)

Track 04 - Snakestyle - Turning Point (Whirl-Y-Gig, 1st March 2009)

Track 05 - Snakestyle - Space Lounge (Featuring Mike Embleton) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 1st March 2009)

Track 06 - Snakestyle - Missing You Already (Whirl-Y-Gig, 1st March 2009)

Track 07 - Snakestyle - Counter-Rotation (Featuring Sweetleaf) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 1st March 2009)

Track 08 - Snakestyle - A Rainy Night In London (Featuring Minnie Rogers) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 1st March 2009)

Track 09 - Snakestyle - Waterfront Perimeter (Featuring Daniel Waples) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 1st March 2009)

Track 10 - Snakestyle - Out Of Bounds (Featuring Sweetleaf) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 1st March 2009)

Track 11 - Snakestyle - Frozen State (Waveform Festival, 13th September 2008)

29/11/2011 - Snakestyle - Snakestyle Live Volume 1 (Alex Tronic Records)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Track 01 - Snakestyle - Turning Point (Whirl-Y-Gig, 26th October 2008)

Track 02 - Snakestyle - Missing You Already (Whirl-Y-Gig, 26th October 2008)

Track 03 - Snakestyle - Frozen State (Whirl-Y-Gig, 26th October 2008)

Track 04 - Snakestyle - Neutral Buoyancy (Featuring Mike Embleton) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 26th October 2008)

Track 05 - Snakestyle - Sunrise Dub (Featuring Mike Embleton) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 26th October 2008)

Track 06 - Snakestyle - Counter-Rotation (Featuring Sweetleaf) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 26th October 2008)

Track 07 - Snakestyle - A Rainy Night in London (Featuring Minnie Rogers) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 26th October 2008)

Track 08 - Snakestyle - Space Lounge (Featuring Mike Embleton) (Whirl-Y-Gig, 26th October 2008)

Track 09 - Snakestyle - Extransience (Whirl-Y-Gig, 26th October 2008)

Track 10 - Snakestyle - Turning Point (Edensounds, 26th April 2008)

11/06/2010 - Various - Made Of Dawn (Blue Hour Sounds)

Track 03 - Snakestyle - Across And Up

05/04/2010 - Various - Shanti Bar 1 (Millennium Records)

CD 1 Track 02 - Snakestyle - Missing You Already

08/02/2010 - Various - Shanti Lounge 1 (Millennium Records)

CD 1 Track 09 - Snakestyle - Turning Point

08/06/2009 - Various - Hope (Fluid Audio)

Track 02 - Snakestyle - Hopeful

08/06/2009 - Snakestyle - Live at Whirl-y-gig

27/05/2009 - Snakestyle - Turning Point reviewed reviewed by Jonathan Muirhead, isthismusic.com)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

The closest definition or genre one can come up with for an album such as this is club rock. Clubbers love their music pummeling and upfront. Rockers love their music brutal and basic. What both audiences love is that very basic primal urge to just shed off all society’s inhibitions and dance. It is rare, in these days of ‘Pop Idol’ homogeny, to hear such a spiky and dynamic record, with such a personality all of its own.

This disc has quite clearly got both an agenda and an objective mind all of its own. And is all the better for it. Rather than being a collection of sounds or singles, this record has quite clearly been constructed as some kind of aural soundscape, to be slowly digested as all the sounds and flavours leak out into your system, poisoning and purifying you at the same time. Close your eyes when listening to it and memories and images will welcomingly mingle inside you.

It will be there for you in your hour of need. It is both comfort blanket and bedrock, just like all the best music should be. And it has a real blade of ice at its centre.

09/12/2008 - Snakestyle - Turning Point (Alex Tronic Records)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Track 01 - Snakestyle - Turning Point

Track 02 - Snakestyle - Missing You Already

Track 03 - Snakestyle - Future Dub (Featuring Ranking Roger)

Track 04 - Snakestyle - Neutral Buoyancy (Version 2) (Featuring Mike Embleton)

Track 05 - Snakestyle - Ideas While Walking

Track 06 - Snakestyle - Counter-Rotation (Featuring Sweetleaf)

Track 07 - Snakestyle - A Rainy Night In London (Featuring Minnie Rogers)

Track 08 - Snakestyle - Waterfront Perimeter (Featuring Daniel Waples)

Track 09 - Snakestyle - Come Around (Featuring Ranking Rogers)

Track 10 - Snakestyle - High Altitude Part 1 - Summit Plateau

Track 11 - Snakestyle - Space Lounge (Featuring Mike Embleton)

Track 12 - Snakestyle - Suspended Static

Track 13 - Snakestyle - Out Of Bounds Part 1 (Featuring Sweetleaf)

Track 14 - Snakestyle - High Altitude Part 2 - Summit

Track 15 - Snakestyle - Last Light (Featuring Osamu Yano)

01/12/2008 - Various - Goa Beach 10 (Millennium Records)

CD 2 Track 05 - Snakestyle - My Angel

26/10/2008 - Snakestyle - Live at Whirl-y-gig

13/09/2008 - Snakestyle - Live at Waveform Festival

16/07/2008 - Various - Goa Beach 9 (Millennium Records)

CD 2 Track 09 - Snakestyle - Reassured

26/04/2008 - Snakestyle - Live at Edensounds

22/02/2008 - Various - Future Memories (Interchill Records)

Track 08 - Snakestyle - Neutral Buoyancy (Version 1) (Featuring Mike Embleton)

01/02/2008 - Various - Oahu Still Get Fish (The Kind Productions)

01/10/2007 - Various - Dreams (Millennium Records)

Track 03 - Snakestyle - Sunrise Dub (Featuring Mike Embleton)

01/09/2007 - Snakestyle - Snakestyle (Millennium Records)

Track 01 - Snakestyle - Frozen State

Track 02 - Snakestyle - My Angel

Track 03 - Snakestyle - Tuning In

Track 04 - Snakestyle - Dynamic Apnea

Track 05 - Snakestyle - Point To Point

Track 06 - Snakestyle - Recurring Dream

Track 07 - Snakestyle - Reassured

Track 08 - Snakestyle - Static Apnea

Track 09 - Snakestyle - Sunrise Dub (Featuring Mike Embleton)

Track 10 - Snakestyle - Extransience

Track 11 - Snakestyle - Drifting Off

Track 12 - Snakestyle - Kelly's Tune

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Remixes & Collaborations

23/04/2014 - Various - Goa Beach 23 (Millennium Records)

Track 07 - Alex Tronic - Send Me Five Dollars (Featuring Kirsty Brown) (Snakestyle's 5 Dollar Remix)

Track 08 - Becki Bardot - Summer of Love (Snakestyle's Extended Mix)

15/03/2014 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Garden Of Dub Volume 1, Cooked

Available on Amazon.co.uk

Track 01 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Lost in Dub (Cooked) [Snakestyle Meets King Tubby On the Trans-Europe Express] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 02 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Believe in Love Dub (Cooked) [Snakestyle Meets the Rockers Uptown] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 03 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Life in a Day Dub (Cooked) [Snakestyle Meets Prince Far I Under Heavy Manners] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 04 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Marrakech Dub (Cooked) [Snakestyle Meets Big Youth in Jemaa El-Fnaa] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 05 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Post Modern Buddha in Dub (Cooked) [Snakestyle Meets Black Uhuru] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 06 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Fire Dub (Cooked) [Snakestyle Meets Jah Shaka On Starship Africa] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 07 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Music Is Love Dub (Cooked) [Snakestyle Meets Joe Gibbs On Acid] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 08 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Hypnotised Dub (Cooked) [Snakestyle Takes a Trip With Lee Scratch Perry] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 09 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Inside Dub (Cooked) [Snakestyle Trips Out With Augustus Pablo] (featuring Hong Guo, Brit Leissler)

14/03/2014 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Garden Of Dub Volume 2, Chilled

Available on Amazon.co.uk

Track 01 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Lost in Dub (Chilled) [Snakestyle Meets Tangerine Dream On the Dark Side of the Moon] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 02 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Believe in Love Dub (Chilled) [Snakestyle Meets Brian Eno in Ambient Heaven] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 03 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Life in a Day Dub (Chilled) [Snakestyle Sets the Controls to the Heart of the Sun] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 04 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Marrakech Dub (Chilled) [Snakestyle Meets King Tubby and the Masters Musicians of Joujouka] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 05 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Post Modern Buddha in Dub (Chilled) [Snakestyle Meets King Tubby At Café Del Mar] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 06 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Fire Dub (Chilled) [Snakestyle Takes a Trip to the Planet of Love] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 07 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Music Is Love Dub (Chilled) [Snakestyle Meets Syd Barret in Acid Dub Nirvana] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 08 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Hypnotised Dub (Chilled) [Snakestyle Turns On Tunes in and Spaces Out] (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 09 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Inside Dub (Chilled) [Snakestyle Meets a Rainbow in Curved Air] (featuring Hong Guo, Brit Leissler)

14/03/2014 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Garden Of Dreams

Available on Amazon.co.uk

Track 01 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Lost (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 02 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Believe in Love (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 03 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Life in a Day (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 04 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Marrakech (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 05 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Post Modern Buddha (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 06 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Fire (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 07 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Music Is Love (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 08 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Hypnotised (featuring Hong Guo)

Track 09 - The Psychedelic Manifesto - Inside (featuring Hong Guo, Brit Leissler)

17/09/2013 - Snakestyle & Minnie Rogers - We Can See Ourselves EP (Alex Tronic Records)

Track 01 - Snakestyle & Minnie Rogers - We Can See Ourselves (Radio Edit)

Track 02 - Snakestyle & Minnie Rogers - We Can See Ourselves (Original Mix)

Track 03 - Snakestyle & Minnie Rogers - We Can See Ourselves (Dub Mix)

Track 04 - Snakestyle & Minnie Rogers - We Can See Ourselves (DJ SweetLeaf Remix)

Track 05 - Snakestyle & Minnie Rogers - We Can See Ourselves (Mediterranean Mix)

Track 06 - Snakestyle & Minnie Rogers - Dream Interrupted (Original Mix)

Track 07 - Snakestyle - Machines Warming Up (Version 1)

"This new Snakestyle production continous Matthew Leigh Embleton's (AKA Snakstyle) journey towards sonic perfection. A master of sonic alchemy, with a true and instinctive understanding of the importance of the 'sound of the sound'. Matthew/Snakestyle is one of the few artits/producers/composers still standing who can evoke the massage of the senses and audio sensuality that Kraftwerk, were, and indeed are the grand masters of.

From the beautiful unique perfection of his classic and truly timeless 2008 album 'Turning Point', the sublime Snakstyle alchemy has continued to evoke its almost perfect sonic alchemy and ambient perfection, and his recent brilliant stunning inspired production for The Psychedelic Manifesto's beautiful healing/poetic/emotional masterpiece 'Garden of Dreams' album, show that here is a man who's mastery of the alchemy of sound is second to none.

With 'We Can See Ourselves', the shimmering sensual Snakestyle magic evokes the perfect 'chilled out karma' of mid 90's Ibiza. The sound and sense of harmonious loved up 'one-ness' and it's glorious 'feel good factor' (sadly missing today in almost everything) just washes all over you. This however is no retro-trip or 90's revival. For on the brilliant inspired and deeply psychedelic tripped out dub mix Matthew/Snakestyle shows that he is very much a 'poet of now', not a retrocentric revivalist'.

'We Can See Ourselves' is definitely a 'must have' for those who like there music filled with warm sensual good vibrations and seriously tripped out vibes. Also recomended is his awesome new sonic masterpiece of sound the Snakestyle Dub Mix's of 'Lost' from the new Psychedelic Manifesto album 'Garden Of Dreams'. Equally I highly recommend the re-discovery and indeed re-release of 'Turning Point'. And for all those interested is something truly unique and beautiful, Matthew's Classical Compostions/Productions 'Music For Lute & Laptop' are essential listening.

Matthew/Snakestyle is a deeply private person, who has chosen to always operate well below the radar. However I sense with these new productions, that he may (perhaps against his will) be forced blinking out into the light. For there are very few today who posses his unique mastery of sound."

Chris Garland, August 2013

27/11/2012 - Various - Volume 4, Beat Up (Alex Tronic Records)

Track 04 - Alex Tronic & Becki Bardot - Ibiza Island (Featuring Sally Stapleton) (Snakestyle's Drum & Bass Mix)

Track 06 - Minnie Rogers - Side to Side (Snakestyle's Analogue Mix)

20/11/2012 - Various - Volume 3, The Chill Out (Alex Tronic Records)

Track 02 - Becki Bardot - Summer of Love (Snakestyle's Ibiza Sunrise Mix)

Track 03 - Alex Tronic - Sunshine Lover (Snakestyle's Sun Lounger Mix)

Track 04 - Alex Tronic - Send Me Five Dollars (Snakestyle's Spaced Out Mix)

Track 06 - Becki Bardot - Summer of Love (Snakestyle's Summer Of Dub

02/10/2012 - Minnie Rogers - A Rainy Night In London (Drum & Bass Remix) (Alex Tronic Records)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

28/09/2012 - Becki Bardot & Alex Tronic - Balearica Sessions EP (Alex Tronic Records)

Track 03 - Alex tronic & Becki Bardot - Ibiza Island (Featuring Sally Stapleton) (Snakestyle`s Drum & Bass Mix)

Track 05 - Alex tronic & Becki Bardot - Ibiza Island (Featuring Sally Stapleton) (Snakestyle's Electro Step Mix)

12/08/2012 - Minnie Rogers - Side To Side played on KISS 100.0 FM

20/07/2012 - Minnie Rogers - A Rainy Night EP (Alex Tronic Records)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Track 01 - Minnie Rogers - A Rainy Night In London (Radio Edit)

Track 02 - Minnie Rogers - A Rainy Night In London (Remix)

Track 03 - Minnie Rogers - Side To Side (Remix)

Track 04 - Minnie Rogers - Meditation In C Minor

Track 05 - Minnie Rogers - A Rainy Night In London (Snakestyle's Balearic Chill Mix)

20/02/2012 - Alex Tronic - Electricals EP (Alex Tronic Records)

Track 03 - Alex tronic - Sunshine Lover (Snakestyle's Sun Lounger Mix)

Track 04 - Alex tronic - Send Me Five Dollars (Snakestyle's Five Dollar Remix)

09/01/2012 - Snakestyle & James Dodd - Warm Dusk EP (Alex Tronic Records)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Track 01 - Snakestyle & James Dodd - Warm Dusk (Original Mix)

Track 02 - Snakestyle & James Dodd - Warm Dusk (Snakestyle Remix)

06/06/2011 - Snakestyle & Sweetleaf - Out Of Bounds EP (Alex Tronic Records)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Track 01 - Snakestyle & Sweetleaf - Out of Bounds Part 1 (Reprise)

Track 02 - Snakestyle & Sweetleaf - Out of Bounds Part 2 (Origins)

Track 03 - Snakestyle & Sweetleaf - Out of Bounds Part 3 (Digitise)

Track 04 - Snakestyle & Sweetleaf - Out of Bounds Part 4 (Revisit)

Track 05 - Snakestyle & Sweetleaf - Out of Bounds Part 5 (Resolve)

Track 06 - Snakestyle & Sweetleaf - Out of Bounds (Snakestyle Dub Version)

06/05/2011 - Becki Bardot - Summer Of Love EP (Alex Tronic Records)

Track 02 - Becki Bardot - Summer Of Love (Snakestyle's Ibiza Sunrise Mix)

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Sandspider (With Alan McDermott)

01/10/2007 - Sandspider - Various - Dreams (Millennium Records)

25/04/2005 - Sandspider - Various - Tantra Trance (Millennium Records)

26/07/2004 - Sandspider - Various - Goa Beach 2 (Millennium Records)

26/01/2004 - Sandspider - Music For An Imaginary Film (Millennium Records)

22/09/2003 - Sandspider - Various - Latina Beach bar 2 (Millennium Records)

26/08/2002 - Sandspider - Various - Goa Beach 1 (Millennium Records)

29/04/2002 - Sandspider - Killing Time (Millennium Records)

04/02/2002 - Sandspider - Various - Ambient Soho 3 (Millennium Records)

19/03/2001 - Sandspider - Spider (Worm Interface Records)

11/02/2001 - Sandspider - Various - Ambient Soho 2 (Millennium Records)

05/06/2000 - Sandspider - Various - Ambient Soho 1 (Millennium Records)

11/01/2000 - Sandspider - Various - Volume Transmission (Worm Interface Records)

01/06/1999 - Sandspider - Various - Ambient Odyssey (Rumour Records)

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What is Ambient?

The origins of Ambient music can be traced back to the early 20th century, notably the two art movements Futurism and Dadaism that encouraged experimentation with various musical and non-musical forms, while rejecting more traditional styles of expression. This included experimental and 'anti-music' musicians such as Francesco Balilla Pratella, Kurt Schwitters, Erwin Schulhoff.

These experiments were influential for the early 20th Century composer Erik Satie who created what he called Musique D'Ameublement (Furniture Music) to create a background atmosphere for an event or activity, rather than serving as the focus of attention.

Brian Eno is generally credited with coining the term 'Ambient music' in the mid-1970s to refer to music that can be either 'actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending on the choice of the listener', and on the 'cusp between melody and texture'. He described his experiments in sound as 'treatments' rather than as traditional performances. He used the word 'Ambient' to describe music that creates an atmosphere that puts the listener into a different state of mind, from the Latin term 'ambire', 'to surround'.

"Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting".

"Ambient music is intended to induce calm and a space to think."

With the increasingly availability of synthesisers, experimentation in timbral characteristics of sound became more possible. A whole genre of Electronic music also emerged with the synthesiser playing a dominant role. This was pioneered by artists from 'The Berlin School' such as Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Cluster, Klaus Schulze, Ashra, Popol Vuh and others. This music was characterised by long compositions, synthesiser sequenced ostinatos or 'loops', improvised lead melodies, changing and evolving structure and timbre of sounds.

Other significant artists such as Mike Oldfield, Jean Michel Jarre, and Vangelis have all added to or directly influenced the evolution of Ambient and electronic music in their own way, and also works by groups such as Pink Floyd and Yes who experimented with technology and incorporated it into their music.

During the 1980s several albums that are now considered Ambient classics were produced, notably Brian Eno's 'Apollo' and 'Ambient 4' and collaborations with Harold Budd 'The Plateau of Mirror' and 'The Pearl', David Sylvian's 'Gone To Earth', and his collaborations with Holger Czukay 'Plight & Premonition' and 'Flux and Mutability'.

By the early 1990s the next generation of electronic musicians used this Ambient influence in their electronic music, such as Aphex Twin, Biosphere, Boards Of Canada, Future Sound Of London, Global Communication, Higher Intelligence Agency, KLF, and The Orb. This was an alternative to much harder and faster dance music scenes at the time such as 'Rave', 'Hardcore', 'Drum & Bass'. This more Ambient electronic music was in fact incorporated into the scene as 'Chillout', often being played in a dedicated 'Chillout room' at a rave event where people could relax and calm down after dancing or experiencing intense drug induced experiences.

Today the term Ambient is perhaps not as universally recognised, used, or understood as it once was, but the influences and principles of exploration and experimentation, and contemplative and meditative states of mind still live on in music, art, and film, and continue to provide calm and space to think, a sane antidote to the stresses of modern life.

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Biography

Matthew Leigh Embleton was born at RAF Wegberg, West Germany on the 15th May 1978 (A birthday shared with Brian Eno and Mike Oldfield).

He traces his interest in making music back to about age 7 when he was given his first keyboard, a copy of 'Oxygene' by Jean Michel Jarre, and a recording of Beethoven's piano sonatas played by Wilhelm Kempff. A love of synthesizers, electronic music, and classical music soon followed.

In 1998 he began working with Alan McDermott under the name 'Sandspider' and produced three albums of experimental and minimalistic electronic music. 'Spider' (Worm Interface Records, 2001), 'Killing Time' (Millennium, 2002) and 'Music For An Imaginary Film' (Millennium, 2004).

After the release of his first solo album 'Snakestyle' (Millennium, 2007) and appearances on several compilations in 2008, he then signed to Alex Tronic Records and released 'Turning Point' (2008 MP3 / 2009 CD).

In late 2009 an ongoing love of Classical and Early Music resurfaced, culminating in experiments with the Lute which began to appear on 'Out Of Bounds EP' (with Chris Jordan) (2011), and 'Snakestyle World Radio' (2011) which ends with the track 'Late Night Improvisation' on which he improvises on the Lute and a digital piano, somewhere between Ambient, Contemporary, and Jazz.

After meeting Susan King at a Lute recital in London, and expressing interest in collaborating on new music for the lute, they kept in touch, exchanged ideas, and from opposite sides of the world began working together on a blend of Neo-Baroque style composition, and modern Ambient Electro-Acoustic sonic treatments.

A meeting with David Van Ooijen at another Lute recital in London resulted in further collaboration on the 'Music For Lute And Laptop' project.

Matthew, Susan, and David all performed at the Utrecht Lute Festival 'Luitdagen' on 1st September 2013 at the Doopsgezinde kerk, at an event called 'Contemporary music for lute', with a discussion afterwards.

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