Matthew Leigh Embleton 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 and David Van Ooijen at Lute recitals in London, and expressing an interest in collaborating on new music for the lute, they kept in touch, exchanged ideas, and began working together on a blend of Neo-Baroque style compositions, improvisations, and modern Ambient Electro-Acoustic sonic treatments on the 'Music For Lute And Laptop' project, currently available as a series of 4 EPs for Download.
Matthew, Susan, and David all performed at the Internationale Luitdagen 2013, Utrecht, on 1st September 2013 at an event called 'Contemporary Music for Lute', with a discussion afterwards.
On 28th July 2014 'Contemporary Works For Solo Lute' was released on (Audio Fabrique), featuring Susan King and David Van Ooijen on Lute.
Matthew's compositions have also been performed and recorded by other musicians including:
Wezi Elliot, Lute
Hong Guo, Piano
Attilia Mazzola, Flute
Steve Metcalfe, Lute
Michael Piraner, Recorder
Stuart Walsh, Lute
Osamu Yano, Guitar
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Priscille Bonnefoy, Massage Therapist, Vichy, France
Mon Massage à Vichy, Rue de la Paix, Vichy, France.
"Je vous invite à découvrir le très talentueux Matthew Leigh Embleton: un artiste pour qui j'ai un immense respect et la plus grande admiration.
Matthew est tombé amoureux de la musique à l'âge de 7 ans. Il a très vite appris à jouer plusieurs instruments. De fil en aiguille, il s'est interressé à toutes les formes de musique, et en particulier la musique classique et électronique.
Il a depuis signé 7 albums de musique Ambient et 5 albums de musique expérimentale rejoignant luth médiéval et musique électronique.
Je suis très heureuse de pouvoir vous faire découvrir sa musique lors de votre prochain massage!"
"I invite you to discover the talented Matthew Leigh Embleton: an artist for whom I have great respect and great admiration.
Matthew fell in love with music at the age of 7 years old. He soon learned to play several instruments. Little by little, he has become interested in all forms of music, especially classical music and electronics.
He has since produced 7 ambient music albums and 5 experimental music albums joining medieval lute and electronic music.
I am very happy to introduce you to his music during your next massage!"
Hong Guo, UX Architect-Monitise Create, Art Director-Pure Mind Clothing, Vocalist / Pianist-The Psychedelic Manifesto
"Matthew is an incredibly talented and versatile musician and composer. His music is filled with beautifully woven texture, imagination as well as rare and precious sensitivity. His production is always engineered to the highest standard, and I'm always amazed that how fast he works. I feel lucky to have been working with Matthew, and I hope more people will have the opportunity too."
March 22, 2015
Chris Garland, Audio Fabrique / The Psychedelic Manifesto / Pure Mind Clothing / Fashion Faces Magazine
"Matthew Leigh Embleton is an exceptionally talented and gifted producer, composer and arranger! His sonic mastery is second to none, and I would recommend him most highly, to anyone looking to create something with the highest and most innovative production values, and/or original compositions/soundtracks."
February 3, 2015
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