by Matthew Dotson

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Tomes is the remixed, re-mastered compilation of three separate tape releases: Excavation, Revolution, and Sublimation. These tapes were released in 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively and taken together represent years of my work in the audio medium. While the material across these three releases varies greatly, (including everything from location recordings to conventional instruments to media samples) the over-arching concept has to do with a pan-genre approach to music making. Genres that I touch on include: noise, drone, IDM, glitch, post-rock, 80’s rock, electronic dance music, tape collage, video game music, hip-hop, musique concrete, J-Pop, folk, industrial, vaporwave, plunderphonics, metal, contemporary classical, traditional Japanese music and ambient music. However, despite this huge overview of genres, I firmly believe that my fingerprints are all over these records due to my emotional engagement with the material, my treatment of sound as abstract musical entity and my process-based approach to form. It was my goal to state how insignificant the idea of genre has become and how important process, form and context are becoming in modern music making. I dearly love almost all the genres that I touch on across these releases (there are some its more love/hate haha) but the genre guideposts came about simply as a product of the material and musical processes. Above all else I want these releases to be a pleasant musical journey for adventuresome listeners. Enjoy!


released 25 March 2015

Cover by Eron Rauch



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Matthew Dotson Los Angeles, California

Matthew Dotson is a Los Angeles-based composer and performer of hybrid forms of electronic dance music. Having studied music composition academically at the Doctoral level, classical concepts of form and harmonic development as well as an ultra-modernist approach to rhythm and stasis inform all of Matthew's work. ... more

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