Charles Matthews is a musician and creative technologist with a focus on access. As an artist, he primarily works with combined light and vibrations (see for example: Light Recorders, Augmented Gamelan, and Jo-Anne Cox’s Defiant Journey).
Charles has worked closely with UK-based organisation Drake Music for several years, developing, amongst other things: a custom guitar with musician John Kelly called the Kellycaster, an outdoor installation featuring digital instruments with a variety of sensors, Planted Symphony, and a musical Lazy Susan, designed to encourage turn taking in classrooms.
Charles is currently developing the Haptic Baton with Human Instruments, and has created an open source framework called instrumentmaker.org, which forms the basis of workshops in collaboration with Montreal-based musician Gift Tshuma through their project Blurring the Boundaries.
I’ve been feeling lost trying to make connections as a new resident of Quebec during the pandemic. This programme feels like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start.