Matthew Leigh Embleton

Musician, Composer, Producer, Language and History Enthusiast, and Author

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I am a Composer, Producer, and Musician living in London, and I have been making music in many different styles for over 25 years. My work has appeared on many albums, compilations, and digital releases in that time, in many different genres from electronic music, ambient, classical, and film music.

It all began at the age of 7 when I was given my first keyboard, a copy of 'Oxygene' by Jean Michel Jarre, a recording of Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata played by Wilhelm Kempff, and when I first picked up the bongos. A fascination and obsession with music soon followed.

In 1998 I began working with long-time friend and fellow musician Alan McDermot under the name 'Sandspider'. We released three albums of experimental electronic music. 'Spider' (Worm Interface Records, 2001), 'Killing Time' (Millennium, 2002) and 'Music For An Imaginary Film' (Millennium, 2004). Tracks from these albums also appeared on several compilations, gaining the attention of Millennium Records.

Under the name 'Snakestyle' I produced by first self-titled solo album, which was released on Millennium Records in 2007. After appearing on several compilations, I then began working with Paul Croan at Alex Tronic Records, releasing the album 'Turning Point' in 2008 (MP3) and 2009 (CD).

After spending several years concentrating on developing my sound as an electronic music artist, I began playing the lute in 2009 and spent several years as a member of The Lute Society offering my services as a recording engineer for their meetings and concerts. During this time I was able to meet and collaborate with some excellent musicians, such as Wezi Elliot Susan King, Steve Metcafle, David Van Ooijen, Stuart Walsh, and Osamu Yano. I was fortunate enough to have my compositions for lute published by lute societies in the UK, Italy, and the USA.

I also incorporated the lute into my electronic music on the 'Out of Bounds EP' with Chris Jordan in 2011, and on the Snakestyle album 'Snakestyle World Radio' in 2011, which ended with the track 'Late Night Improvisation' on the lute, somewhere between ambient and jazz in style.

While at the Lute Society I was fortunate enough to meet the Tasmanian / Australian lutenist Susan King at a recital. A very modern and progressive forward-thinking lutenist, who expressed an interest in modern composition for the lute. This led to the series of 'Music for Lute and Laptop' a blend of Neo-Baroque style compositions, improvisations, and modern Ambient Electro-Acoustic sonic treatments. Volumes 1 and 2 featured Susan King, volumes 3 and 4 featured David Van Ooijen. We 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. My compositions have also been performed and recorded by other excellent musicians including: Wezi Elliot, Lute, Hong Guo, Piano, Attilia Mazzola, Flute, Steve Metcalfe, Lute, Michael Piraner, Recorder, Stuart Walsh, Lute, and Osamu Yano, Guitar

In 2018 I began corresponding with Tove Aradala Barbrosdotter Buhe-Stam from a mutual interest in ancient norse traditions, and a love of music. There followed a series of field recordings in special locations of significant norse historical interest on the island of Gotland in August 2019, which formed the basis of the album 'Nordic Patterns', which was released on the 27th March 2020.

The future promises more Snakestyle releases, collaborations with Tove Aradala and others, making the most of musical opportunities wherever they may occur, where the fates allow, and where the muses guide.

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