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  • About Matt

    Matt Hsu is a 2020 QLD Music Awards winning musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Meanjin.

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      One person orchestra

      Plays 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.

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LOOPY! x Obscure Orchestra shirt

An ethical and organic wearable music release



The LOOPY! x Obscure Orchestra shirt accompanies the release of 'Welcome To The Neighbourhood' — a song addressing refugee rights, black lives and systemic racism in a collaboration with artists and activists of First Nations, refugee, immigrant and gender diverse backgrounds.

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  • Designed by LOOPY!

    Artwork by Taiwanese art duo LOOPY! who create cheeky whimsical art in Taipei.

  • Less harm, more good

    Forgoing CDs that become waste, Matt chose Earth Positive and Stanley/Stella apparel who aim for the highest social, ethical and environmental standards.

  • Organic Cotton and eco ink

    Made from 100% certified organic cotton with eco-friendly water-based screen printing inks that don't leach bad crap onto you or the world.

  • A living wage

    Ethical labour practices at every stage of production, ensuring fair wages and improving labour condititions for garment workers.

  • Carbon neutral with renewables

    Made in carbon neutral facilities that use only clean renewable green electricity from wind and solar – verified by the Carbon Trust.

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    Colours and inclusive sizes

    Unisex sizing from XS to XXL. View size guide for Mango Yellow and Leaf Green and Roasted Orange shirts.





The Shirt Album

Eclectic music. Ethical release.



Music can be an act of defiance. This album is one of them, taking an unbeaten path with release of Matt's debut album on an organic ethical shirt.

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  • Designed by Matt

    Following Matt's offbeat DIY sensibilities, shirt artwork is hand designed by himself with an album download code on the collar.

  • Less harm, more good

    Forgoing CDs that become waste, Matt chose Earth Positive clothing who aim for the highest social, ethical and environmental standards.

  • Organic Cotton and eco ink

    Made from 100% certified organic cotton with eco-friendly water-based screen printing inks that don't leach bad crap onto you or the world.

  • A living wage

    Ethical labour practices at every stage of production, ensuring fair wages and improving labour condititions for garment workers.

  • Carbon neutral with renewables

    Made in carbon neutral facilities that use only clean renewable green electricity from wind and solar – verified by the Carbon Trust.

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    Inclusive sizes

    Sizes range from women’s S with rolled sleeves through to unisex XXL. View size guide for women's and unisex shirts.





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  • 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

      QLD Music Awards winning music, as well as recognised by international film festivals, including being awarded Finalist at Los Angeles CineFest.

    • Light and shade

      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.

    • Soundscapes and foley

      Matt crafts aural environments that perfectly marry with visuals, and creates sound effects and foley.

    • Bespoke music

      Works with a range of projects from film, TV, digital media, advertising, animation, theatre to video games.

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Awards


  • QMA winner
  • In 2020, Matt won a Queensland Music Award for World Music for the song Make Everything, a collaboration with Taiwanese art duo LOOPY! and lo-fi dream pop musician apadalia. Make Everything celebrates creating things for the love if it rather than for fame, and features bilingual lyrics in English and Taiwanese.

    • Queensland Music Awards acceptance speech by Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra and apadalia, speaking about the importance diversity and representation in the Australian music industry.

    • 'Make Everything’ celebrates creating things for the love if it, rather than for fame or gain. Featuring art duo LOOPY! and apadalia.




    Film festival selections

    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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      Austrian Barcelona Bucharest Chellavision Cinemaway CorvallisQueer Largo Mediterranean Roosendaal ShowMeJustice Super9 SuperGeek VanChan Visionaria

    Press coverage and authorship

    Interviews, articles, exclusives and editorials by and about Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra.

    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 Meanjin, 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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    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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      Brisbane Festival:
      A Curious Arcade

      Composer for Imaginary Theatre's 2020 Brisbane Festival theatre installation A Curious Arcade, at Brisbane Powerhouse.

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      La Boite Theatre Company:
      The Neighbourhood

      Live-scoring and co-composing for The Neighbourhood, exploring migrant, refugee and Indigenous experiences.

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      MELT Festival: Brood

      Composer for MELT Queer Festival 2020 interactive media installation Brood at Brisbane Powerhouse by Sophie Reid-Singer/Clunkk.

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      We See Each Other:
      Digital Narrative Project

      Composer for digital narrative project by Dr 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 Meanjin-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, Bloodest Saxophone, Cavemans, 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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    obscureorchestra(at)gmail(dot)com

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