Curriculum Vitae

Matthew Olden, Curriculum Vitae
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Matthew Olden spends his time designing and building software, performing solo and with his band, i am the mighty jungulator, composing, teaching and lecturing in max/msp. He has a diverse portfolio of innovative projects.

His audio engine i am the mighty jungulator has been described as ‘the sonic philosopher’s stone’ by Future Music magazine. It forms the core of an audio visual performance system for schools, developed with NESTA Futurelab, and is available as a popular freeware download. Together with its sister program Derek and Norma Olden it forms the basis of the i am the mighty jungulator band. He also produces free analogues of existing sound and visual software (such as quicktime player, cubase or sound edit 16) for use in schools and colleges or simply for the home user. These are available for download from Matthewʼs blog site. Matthew has also designed bespoke software for many audio-visual artists such as Marcus Coates, Dark Spark, Kathy Hinde and Jony Easterby. In 2010 Matthew completed a residency at the Knowle West Media Centre developing self generative computer personalities that write books and make audio visual compositions.

The IATMJ band won best new electronic act at the 2004 Diesel New Music Awards, and have presented cine-sonic spectacles at Rotterdam Film Festival, Tate Britain, The Science Museum’s Dana Centre and The Port Elliot Literary Festival to name but few. With i am the mighty jungulator, Matthew re-scored a classic zombie film for a multi-platform mystery tour; ‘re-imagined’ Shostakovich’s 6th Symphony in octaphonic sound with The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Askenazy; designed international dance DJ Nick Warrens’ tour video; and premiered their awesome live audio visual performance at Bath International Music Festival 06. Matthew has produced music for touring dance pieces, most recently “The Shiver” by Choreographer Subathra Subramaniam and poet Lemn Sissay. Recent concerts have seen Matthew travel to Sweden and Brazil where he collaborated with artist Kathy Hinde and her Piano Migrations series of works.

Education / Exhibitions / Installations:
Matthew regularly develops new pieces of software for workshops with children and young adults. He recently developed a visual music box, where physical objects are visually tracked and read like a musical score. His generative audio-visual systems have been shown at digital arts festivals, and enabled innovative education workshops including the production of community portraits. Other workshops have included collaborating with agencies such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Bristolʼs REMIX and the Basement project to help teenagers realise music quickly and easily. He has lectured for Sonic Arts Network in max/msp and demonstrated his innovative software at the ICA, Royal Festival Hall and Cybersonica festival. His skill in programming means he has been sought to make installations for clients as diverse as the BBC, Sony, Hewlett Packard and the Norwegian Royal family.

I am the mighty jungulator performances:
– Festival of Desperation, Bristol (Sept 10)
– Camp 303, Norberg Electronic Music Festival, Sweden (Aug 09)
– Dialogue presented by Switch, Arnolfini, Bristol, (May 09)
– Cold War Late, V+A museum (Oct 08)
– Hammerfest, Arnolfini, Bristol (Aug 08)
– Hammerfest, John Vigo Centre, Bordeaux (July 08)
– Fete dʼEurope, Bordeaux (May 08)
– Re:Sounds, ICIA, Bath (Mar 08)
– Fete dʼEurope, Bordeaux (May 07)
– Bath International Music Festival (June 06)
– ‘Re-imagining’ Shostakovich with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Colston Hall, Bristol (Oct 05)
– Late at the Tate, Tate Britain, London (Sept 2005)
– Port Elliot Literature Festival (Aug 05)
– Cybersonica Festival, London (Mar 05)
– Rotterdam International Film Festival (Feb 05)
– Diesel-U-Music awards, Fabric, London (July 04)
– Venn Festival Bristol (May 04)
– Maschinista Festival, Glasgow (May 04)
– Etherfest, South Bank Centre, London (Mar 04)
– Supersonic Festival, Custard Factory, Birmingham (July 03)
– ICA London, as part of Cut and Splice Festival (Apr 03)
– Northern Lights Festival, Tromsø Norway (Feb 02)

Collaborative Performances:
– Mostra SESC De Artes 2010, São Paulo, Piano Migrations with Kathy Hinde (Nov 10)
– Norberg Electronic Music Festival, Sweden, performance with Daniel Skoglund and Kathy Hinde (Aug 10)
– Piano Migrations concert, Concrete and Glass Festival, Hoxton, London, (May 10)
– Elektrostatic, Colston Hall Bristol, live remix of Ligeti performance (May 08)
– Big Chill Festival, live performance with Jony Easterby and Ansuman Biswas (July 04)

Site Specific Events:
– Featured artist Powerplant, Site Specific event, Liverpool (Nov 08)
– Voyage into the Unknown 2, featuring I Walked With a Zombie. (Sept 05)
– Voyage Into The Unknown, Bristol/Bath canal. (Sept 03)

– Swindon Film Festival 07, a self generative community portrait of Swindon (Oct 07)
– Making Friends And Enemies, residency at Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol (Jun 10)


– Software production, Sample Player, for Marcus Coates (Aug 10)
– Production of Piano Migrations software, for Kathy Hinde (Sept 09)
– Glabber, an automatic audio/visual mix, Commissioned by Media Art Bath (Aug 09)
– Pyrophone software, for Dark Spark (May 09)
– Sample-sequencer software for Philharmonia Orchestra (April 07)
– Programming and production for play. Orchestra, South Bank Centre, London (June 06)
– Production of visuals for Nick Warren tour (Mar 06)
– Jungulator a/v software NESTA Futurelab 05
– Interactive Sound Library, a permanent installation, BBC Bristol (May 04)
– Sound pod design & realisation for BBC World of Mammals traveling exhibition (Dec 02)
– Northern Lights Festival, Tromsø Norway, software for Installation by Jony Easterby (Feb 02)

– The Shiver original music soundtrack, for Sadhana Dance company UK tour (Mar 10)
– Tell Woman original music soundtrack, for Nikky Smedley (Mar 09)
– Music for BBC Wildlife on One “Geckos, Space Age Lizard” (Feb 02)

– Grant Awarded by The PRS Foundation for New Music, Live Connections 05, for Voyage into the Unknown 2 (Sept 05)
– Winner of Diesel-U-Music Award, Best Leftfield Electronic Act 04
– PRS New Electronic Works Award, for Voyage Into The Unknown (Sept 03)
– Arts Council funding for i am the mighty online jungulator, a remote music generator
(Watershed, Bristol, March – June 02)
– UWE Business Plan Award, Jungulator Automatic Music Machine (May 02)

– Lecturer at Confetti College, Nottingham (Mar 07- present)
– Course tutor at Cybersonica AV-Lab, The Basement, Brighton (Nov 08)
– Etherfest, South Bank Centre, lecture (Mar 04)
– Keynote speaker/workshop Cp3 National Film Education Council (July 02)
– Keynote speaker/workshop NESTA Future Lab, Contagious Creativity (March 02)