San Francisco Bay-Area experimental sonic artist Matt Davignon has been developing his unique take on music for the last 12 years. Combining acoustic and electronic elements, he attempts to create dynamic, biological music from seemingly limited source material. Since 2003, he has been working with drum machine as a primary instrument, processing the sounds with several devices to create a unique sound palette.
SoftWetFish is Matt's second CD to use drum machine as the only sound source (after 2005's "Bwoo"). Not at all like the rhythms and beats one would expect, the sounds are very abstract, characterized by organic tapestries, drones, frantic passages and lovely flaws. Comparable to: Oval, Philip Jeck, Steve Roden, Kammerflimmer Kollectief
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"Matt Davignon has always made a virtue of creating music that's wide ranging in its scope yet derived from limited source material...SoftwetFish feels at once vast and clausterphobic, a whole world viewed as if in a bell jar." - David Stubbs, Wire Magazine
"Davignon is back with his pseudo-marine structures, which he obtains through processed drum machines manipulated in such a stimulating fashion that the results are both stunningly multi-faceted and totally mind altering." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes
"...twisted sound manipulation, distorting a number of doctored instruments to create a sound that’s sometimes spare and crackling, alternately taking turns into what ’70s kraut rock may have sounded like to dolphins — fragile and gorgeous and stubbornly weird." - Michael Harkin, San Francisco Bay Guardian
"...a ticket of passage to another sensory and emotional dimension, Matt Davignon obtains a very attractive result and stays in the memory of the listener." - Eduardo Chagas, Jazz e Arredores
"The first 3 tracks reminds me of the noises that the tree branches make on your windows at night, or the clawing of zombies into flesh, harsh sandpaper toilet paper, like a cats tongue must feel on their orifices." - Johnny Darko, KFJC FM 89.7
"tiny beats all on top of each other softly machine-gunning away, with a few strange sound-creatures popping up including – whoa! Nintendo sounds, which are surprising here – this CD rocks!"
mufaor, KZSU FM 90.1
"...will send you scurrying around the less-traveled bits of your skull..." - Jon Worley, Aiding & Abbetting
"On 'SoftWetFish' he continues this line of work, and as such he does he great job. Davignon's music is rather musique concrete or even acousmatic music." - Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly