EMMA KATE MATTHEWS

Architect, Artist, Composer, Musician, Researcher

"Spare and intense, ... this music is more about timbre and texture than pitch" - Robert Hugill 2021

Emma-Kate is an architect, composer, musician and researcher at UCL. Her work is concerned with the discovery and exploitation of creative reciprocities between music; as constructed sound, and architecture; as constructed space. Emma-Kate’s site-specific and spatialised compositions have been performed internationally at the acoustically distinctive sites of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, London’s Southbank Centre, the Barbican and LSO St Luke's. Emma-Kate is also a multi-instrumentalist and has released a number of electronic and classical albums on labels such as Algebra records, NMC records and Musicity Global (MSCTY). She is currently composing for the London Symphony Orchestra’s prestigious Panufnik project. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and the RIBA and her writing has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including Architectural Design (Wiley) and Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press). She has also been nominated for the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology 2021 and she hosts an eclectic radio show on RTM.FM.

[MUSICAL RELEASES]

*DUE*  2021 “Far Flung Remixes” - EKM remix album (composer) - to be released on Algebra records

Jul 2021 “Six Degrees of Separation” - compilation feat. mixed ensemble piece “Remote Overlap” (composer) - released on NMC records LINK

Nov 2020 “Far Flung EP” - EKM solo album release: (composer, performer, vocals, drums, bass, electronics, piano) LINK

Oct 2020 “More Colors Remix” – EKM remix for Rob Shields: (composer, performer) - released on Algebra records LINK

Aug 2020 "Twenty - Music for Piano" compilation featuring solo Piano piece "Instead of Points"(composer) - LINK

Mar 2020 “Press, Pressing” – EKM solo EP release: (composer, performer, vocals, drums, bass, electronics, piano) LINK 

May 2019 “Similis” – solo track release: (composer, performer, clarinet, drums, bass, electronics, ) released by Musicity Global LINK

Aug 2018 “East of the Active” – EP release as DIAS: (experimental music collaboration) – released on Algebra Records LINK

Dec 2015 “Pt.1 (6:1) + 6:2” – EKM – solo album release: (composer, performer, vocals, drums, bass, electronics, piano) LINK 

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[SELECTED PERFORMANCES]

 

*DUE* Mar 31st 2022 “Construction 007” - @ London Symphony Orchestra Panufnik Scheme, (composer) LSO St Lukes/Barbican

Jun 24th 2021 “Cloth Wall In Wind” World Premiere - @ Royal Academy of Music 200 pieces (composer), David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Feb 15th 2020 “Construction 003 - V3” – @ Soundhub Showcase, by the London Symphony Orchestra (composer), LSO St Luke's, London

Dec 19th 2019 “Modest Proposals” - @ JEMP experimental music festival (performing bass for Ben McDonnell), Swiss Church, London 

May 19th 2019 “Construction 005” – @ Sound Unbound Festival (composer), for Musicity Global, Barbican Centre, London

Mar 20th 2019 “Construction 004” – @ Getting it Right Conference (composer) for Guildhall School of Music, London

Jan 24th 2019 “Construction 003 - V2” – @ Gala Concert (composer) for London City Orchestra at Southbank Centre, London

Sep 22nd 2018 - “Construction 003 - V1” - (performer) “New Music for New Audiences” conference at Leicester De Montfort Uni.

Aug 02nd 2018 “DIAS: East of the Active” – @ EP launch event (composer, musician) at DIY Space, London

Dec 16th 2017 “Construction 002” – @ Private concert (composer, researcher) with Aus Research Council, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Dec 07th 2017 “Construction 002” – @ Time Making Space Event (organiser, composer, exhibitor, respondent) Royal Academy of Arts

Sep 13th 2017 “Construction 001” – @ Site-specific performance (composer) for London Graduate Orchestra, Shoreditch Church

Jun 24th 2017 “Construction 000 - Dorsal Falls” – @ Edge to Edge Festival (organiser, composer, presenter) Shoreditch Church, London

Dec 16th  2016 “Rise” – @ Building opening (composer) for 5-piece student choral group, 22 Gordon Street, UCL, London

Jan 29th 2015 “Plexus Open Field” – @ Plexus Experimental (performer: electronics, composer) Hampstead Road, London

Jun 27th 2015 “Station to Station” – @ Boredoms Concert (performer: drums) Barbican Concert Hall, London

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[PUBLICATIONS + FEATURES]

 

*DUE* 2021 - “Parametric design to model and print natural language in 3D” - Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (with Dr. Alex Pillen)

*DUE* 2022 - “Sound Of Space” - Routledge - Book publication as co-editor + author with Profs. Jane Burry + Mark Burry.

Jul 2021 - “Remote Overlap: Sound and Space” - NMC records discover article LINK

Nov 2019 “Activating Audiences: How Spatial Music Can Help Us To Listen” – Cambridge Uni. Press,Organised Sound Journal LINK

May 2019 “Construction 005: Similis” – for the Musicity Global, Culture Mile London and the  Barbican Centre LINK

Mar 2018 "Female Composers, International Women’s Day” – Interview with British Music Collection LINK

Jun 2018 “The Art of Window Design and Display: Feature on RSW Grace project” – Published by Sandu (Project: Grace)

Jan 2018 “Window Display – Grace” – published by KONSEPT PROJELER, Istanbul (Project: Grace) LINK

Jun 2017 “British Music Collection – Emma-Kate Matthews on Architectural Influences” – LINK 

Jun 2017 “The Architectural Instrumentalist” – Design Ecologies Journal, published by Intellect Books: (Project: The Spatialised Score) LINK 

Oct 2014 “Educating Architects” – Neil Spiller – Thames & Hudson Ltd: (Project: The Augmented Instrumentalist) LINK

Sep 2014 “London Design Festival 2014” – Dezeen: (Project: Grace) LINK

Jul 2012 “Royal Academy Awards:Celebrating 30 years”-The Architects’ Journal: (Project: The Augmented Instrumentalist) LINK 

Jul 2012 “Pews and Perches” Wallpaper* Magazine: (Project: The Whistling Stop) LINK

Jun 2012 “StripHouse” SuckerPUNCH Magazine: (Project: StripHouse) LINK

Mar 2012 “Higher Integration in Morphogenetic Design:AD” Achim Menges John Wiley & Sons(The Augmented Instrumentalist) LINK

Jun 2010 + Jun 2011 “Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Catalogue” UCL: (Project: MArch) LINK

Jun 2008 “Treptow Crematorium: Bursary Article” SCALA Journal: (Project: Travel Bursary Building Analysis) (Pp 31-33) LINK 

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[EXHIBITIONS]

 

Apr 2019 - Research as Art / Art as Research at UCL (Project: PhD)

Feb-Mar 2019 - In Permanent Readiness for the Marvellous at The Bartlett (Project: PhD)

Apr 2018 - Research as Art / Art as Research at UCL (Project: PhD)

Dec 2017 - Time Making Space at the Royal Academy of Arts London (Project: The Spatial Instrumentalist/Construction 002)

Dec 2017 - British Music Collection – Graphic Scores (Project: Construction 001)

Jun – Sep 2017 - Harley Open, Harley Gallery, Nottingham (Project: Dorsal Falls)

Jun 2017 - Edge to Edge at Shoreditch Church, London (Project: Dorsal Falls)

Jun – Aug 2016 - The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (Project: Dorsal Falls – Sketch for a spatialised score)

Nov 2014 - Stars on Canvas for the Willow Foundation (Project: Grace)

Jun – Aug 2013 - The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (Project: The Big Egg hunt (with WEA))

Oct -Nov 2012 - RIBA, London, Open Exhibition (Project: The Split Studio)

Jun – Aug 2012 - The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (Project: The Augmented Instrumentalist)

Mar 2012 - The Big Egg Hunt, Canary Wharf, London (Project: The Big egg hunt, with Wilkinson Eyre Architects)

Jun / Jul 2010 + Jun /Jul 2011 - Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Show (Project: Various)

2008, 2009, 2012 - Nottingham School of Architecture Show (Project: Various)

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[RECENT AWARDS]

 

July 2021 - Lumen Prize for Art + Technology, Moving Image Category: NOMINATED (Project: Dreams Again, audio-visual) 

Mar 2020 - Mar 2021 - Panufnik Composers’ Scheme: Awarded by the London Symphony Orchestra (Project: Construction 007)

Sep 2019 - Sep 2022 - Doctoral Scholarship: Awarded by the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) / (AHRC) (Project: PhD research)

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[PAST AWARDS]

 

Dec 2018 - Dec 2019 - Funding for SoS symposium: Awarded by Australian Research Council (co-applicant with Profs. Mark Burry + Jane Burry) 

Sep 2018 - Sep 2019 - Doctoral Network Funding: Awarded by UCL for Sound|Making|Space (co-applicant with Ruth Bernatek)

Sep 2017 - Sep 2018 - Doctoral Network Funding: Awarded by UCL for Sound|Making|Space (co-applicant with Ruth Bernatek)

May 2017 - Sep 2017 - New Voices Portfolio Residency with the London Graduate Orchestra: Awarded by Sound and Music

Sep 2017 - Sep 2019 - Staff award for MPhil/PhD tuition fees: Awarded by the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Sep 2016 - Sep 2017 - Small projects grant for Cassini's Funeral. Awarded by the UK Arts Council (co-applicant with Ella Frears)

Jul 2016 - Jul 2017 - Architecture Research Fund - project Dorsal Falls: Awarded by the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Mar 2014 - RIBA: Regent Street Windows (Project: Grace, for Karen Millen)

Jan 2013 - London Festival of Architecture/Groucho Club: Make a Stand Bike Rack (Project: Ribbon Rack)

Mar 2012 - RIBA: Pews and Perches Bench Design and Fabrication (Project: the Whistling stop)

Aug 2012 - ISE: Graduate Engineer’s Competition, Shortlisted (Project: Castlemeads Bridge, with Buro Happold)

Jul 2011 - UCL: Dean’s list for ‘students achieving distinction in design and thesis’ (The Augmented Instrumentalist)

Jul 2007 - SCALA (now SPACES): Student Travel Bursary (Project: Brixton Railside CPUL)

Jul 2006 - Uni. Nottingham: Portfolio Prize (Project: Various)

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[INVITED TALKS + CONFERENCES]

 

23rd Apr 2021 - “Composing for Extreme Spaces” - (presenter at "World Wide Music Conference”) Prague WWMC

8th Sep 2021 - “Spatial Typologies” - (presenter at “Royal Music Association 56th Annual Conference”) Goldsmiths Uni.

28th Feb 2019 - “Spatial Typologies in Music Composition + Henry Brant" - (presenter, seminar series) Royal Academy of Music

11th Dec 2019 - “Composing for The Sagrada Familia” - (organiser + speaker, “Sound Of Space” symposium) UCL Here East

29th Nov 2019 - “Spatiosinic Constructs" - (presenter, seminar series) Royal Academy of Music

05th Oct 2019 - “Calibrating Spatial Typologies" - (presenter, “Spatiality and Music” conference) Uni. of Arts, Belgrade

15th Jul 2019 - “Simulation + Sonic Realities” - (respondent, organiser and presenter for interactive event) Max Fordham

19th May 2019 - “Sound Unbound”- (performance and presentation) Barbican Centre

20th Mar 2019 - “Implied Rhythms” - (performance) “New music/new technologies” conference at the Guildhall School of Music

18th Feb 2019 - “Spatiosonic Constructs” - (conference presentation) PhD conference at the Bartlett School of Architecture

19th May 2019 - “Similis” (performance/Q and A) for Musicity, Culture Mile London and the Barbican Centre

24th Jan 2019 - “Construction 003 - Regional/Axial” - (pre-performance talk) Southbank Centre

22nd Sep 2018 - “Activating Audiences”- (presenter/performer) “New Audiences” conference at Leicester De Montfort Uni.

27th Mar 2018 - “Sound Space Pecha Kucha” - (organiser/presenter SMS doc.network) Event at the Bartlett, UCL

15th Feb 2018 - “Keeping Time” - (organiser/respondent SMS doc.network) Event @ the Bartlett with Asaf Sirkis + Kemal Yusuf

07th Dec 2017 - “Construction 002, Time Making Space” - (organiser/exhibitor/respondent) at the Royal Academy of Arts LDN

24th Jun 2017 - "Edge to Edge" - (organiser, presenter, composer) Festival of music and movement, Shoreditch Church, London

14th Jun 2017 - "Generation to Fabrication" - (presenter) Rhino UGM conference, London, UK 

20th Apr 2016 - “Simulation to Fabrication” - (presenter) Presentation at Shape to Fabrication conference, Stratford

08th Dec 2015 - “Stop:Frame” – (presenter) 1st year lunchtime lecture at the Bartlett, UCL

26th Feb 2015 - “Plexus Open Field” - (performer / presenter) Open Field, Plexus. UCL

19th Feb 2015 - “Think, Draw, Make” - (presenter) “Digital manufacturing and engineering-led design” at uni. Canterbury

16th Sep 2014 - “Regent Street Windows” - (presenter) RIBA Pecha Kucha event at Apple Store Regent Street, London

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[CURRENT EMPLOYMENT]

 

May 2020 - present - The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL - [Senior Lecturer,  MArch U25 Unit Leader, Design for Performance Interaction Tutor]

Sep 2019 - Present - Oxford Brookes University - [Associate Lecturer, Unit J Lead Tutor]

Sep 2012 - Present - EKM Works (London) - [Founder, Architect, Musician, Artist, Composer, Researcher, Freelance Designer] 

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[PAST EMPLOYMENT]

Sep 2016 - Sep 2021 - Weber Industries (London) - [Architect, Senior Designer, Fabricator] 

Sep 2015 - May 2020 - The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL - [Senior Teaching Fellow, MArch U25 Unit Tutor]

Sep 2013 - Aug 2016 - Geometrics Group at Price & Myers (London) - [Architect]

Sep 2014 - Aug 2015 - University of Greenwich - [Visiting Critic, Unit 7]

Nov 2014 - Aug 2015 - University of Kent - [Technical Tutor for Masters Architecture, Unit 4]

Sep 2008 - Sep 2013 - Wilkinson Eyre Architects (London) - [Architectural Assistant]

Dec 2011 - Feb 2012 - Sixteen*(Makers) (London) - [Freelance Production Assistant for “55/02”]

Jun 2007 - Sep 2007 - Marsh:Grochowski Architects (Nottingham) - [Architectural Assistant]

Jun 2006 - Sep 2006 - Groundworks Architects (Nottingham) - [Architectural Assistant]

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[EDUCATION]

 

Sep 2017 - Present - MPhil/PhD Architecture: In progress: The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (TBC)

Feb 2013 - Oct 2013 - RIBA Part 3, Examination in Professional Practice: London Metropolitan University (Merit)

Sep 2009 - Jun 2011 - RIBA Part 2, DipArch & MArch The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (Distinction)

Aug 2005 - Jun 2008 - RIBA PArt 1, BArch: The University of Nottingham (First Class (with Honours))

Aug 2004 - Jun 2005 - Art Foundation Degree: Nottingham College (Distinction)

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[MEMBERSHIPS]

 

Oct 2017 - Present - London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub - (Associate Member + Panufnik Composer)

Jun 2017 - Present - Sound|Making|Space Doctoral Network - (Coordinator, Researcher, Respondent, Presenter)

Jun 2017 - Sep 2017 - London Graduate Orchestra, portfolio residency with “Sound and Music” - (Composer in Residence)

Oct 2013 - Present - Chartered Architect at the Royal Institute of British Architects

Oct 2013 - Present - Architect with the Architects’ Registration Board

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[MEDIA LINKS​]

 

http://ekm.works

http://britishmusiccollection.org.uk/composer/emma-kate-matthews

http://soundcloud.com/ekmworks

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