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  • About Matt

    Matt Hsu is a QLD Music Award nominated musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, PhD researcher and university tutor based in Brisbane, Australia.

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      One person orchestra

      Playing over 20 instruments incuding accordion, double bass, trumpet, drums, saw, banjo and shakuhachi.

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      Creative innovation

      Taking creative paths less travelled to create evocative intricately-crafted music, rather than 'samey' sounds.

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      Global inspirations

      Drawing from a diverse upbringing immersed in world music, his work explores spaces between cultures.

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      Bands and ensembles

      Played on Triple J, ABC's Rage, and toured internationally as part of The Mouldy Lovers and Virginia Sook.

  • Composing work

    Steeped in world music since childhood, Matt creates multilayered compositions that explore the grey areas between cultures, with an eclectic mix of instruments.

    • Organic sounds

      Every composition created naturally with acoustic instruments and field recordings rather than eletronically.

    • Award-winning creations

      Recognised by 16 international film festivals, including being awarded Finalist at Los Angeles CineFest.

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      Evoking a dramatic span of moods. From dark to whimsical, grandiose to primal, ethereal to exuberant.

    • Adventurous and original

      Music that resonates through daring creativity, rather than replicating trends and clichés.

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Awards

In a collaboration with animator, illustrator and performance maker Ashleigh Djokic, the experimental short/music video Birdnest Hair is a celebration of scrappy optimism and womanhood. As of 2018, it has received recognition from 16 international film festivals.

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Live performance

On stage, Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra transmutes into a stand-up comedy music act, leaning into the ridiculousness of playing dozens of instruments aided by a loop pedal with no 'undo' function, and peppered with witty misadventures and sharp anecdotes.

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    TEDxQUT

    Perfomed at TEDxQUT as one person orchestra in Brisbane, September 2018.

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    Festival shows and comedy

    Peformances at BIGSOUND 2017, Angry Mime (Backbone Arts) and DIY Festival.

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    One person orchestra

    Sweeping soundscapes from scratch with twenty instruments and a loop pedal.

  • Soundscape

    In Matt's travels, he makes field recordings to capture the spirit of these places, combining the sounds of nature, pastoral life and urban eclectica into a pastiche of soundscapes.

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    • Japan
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Clients

Scoring bespoke music for feature film, short film, telelvision, games, theatre productions, advertising, digital media, dance, events and cross-disciplinary projects.

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    We See Each Other

    Created music for a digital stories project between Freya Wright-Brough and authors of refugee backgrounds.

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    The Legend of the Lost Pearl

    Worked with composer Hayden Riley providing trumpet, clarinet and percussion performances for an animated film.

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    Queensland Government

    Composed music for six 30 second adverts Queensland Government Office of Fair Trading national campaign.

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    4ZZZ Radio Reversal program

    Provided music for the Cracks in the Concrete oral histories project by Brisbane-based politics and philosophy talk show.

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    TEDxQUT 2018

    Engaged to perfom at TEDxQUT as a 'one person orchestra', creating a multi-layered composition with 20 instruments live.

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    Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri

    Provided a library of music for Gabba Ward Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri in creating digital media resources.

The Mouldy Lovers

Matt is a founding member of QMusic Award nominated folk-punk troupe.

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    Japan tour

    In 2017, The Mouldy Lovers toured across Japan with indie luminaries OreskaBand, Cavemans, Bloodest Saxophone, Gaka and Walkings.

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    Music festivals

    From summer festivals to charity grassroots events, we have played Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and QLD Music Festival.

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    International supports

    Supported international icons such as The Original Wailers, The Skatalites, Neville Staple, Kenta Hayashi and Babylon Circus.

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    QMusic Award Finalist

    In 2017, The Mouldy Lovers were nominated for a Queensland Music Award in the World Music category.

Other band projects

Side projects, guest musician contributions and partnerships.

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    Gabriella Cohen

    Recorded with internationally acclaimed Australian artist Gabriella Cohen for her 2018 album Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love.

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    Virginia Sook

    Matt joined French-Australian folk group Virginia Sook as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger in 2017. Now based in Europe.

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    Apakatjah

    Joined Indigenous Australian band Apakatjah to perform at Woodfold Folk Festival 2017/2018, forming strong and lasting bonds.

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    Amela

    Matt has recorded and performed with Bosnian-Australian singer-songwriter Amela on her singles Better Off and Uniforms.

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