Category: New Music

Power Fade by Neil Mattson

My newest creation.  Not sure where this one came from.  I started with an ostinato, realized it was in 7, thought that was interesting because odd metered compositions don’t come that easily…usually.  From there it took off.  I arrived at the opening harmonic movement by playing around with 2-note voicings of 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths, and added bass notes that complete the triadic structures.  The next part of the tune I was attempting to compose a basic pentatonic line that slides in and out of B minor and Ab major pentatonic, with a bunch of chromatic neighbor and passing tones to spice things up.  This is a technique that my teacher in Detroit, the brilliant Rob Pipho, was hipping me to in my last lessons over a year ago.  I tried to rhythmically displace the pentatonic groupings so as to create a line that is less predictable and pattern-istic — I think it also makes for more interesting tension points along the way.  Forgive the dance beat 🙂

Power Fade (Scratch Demo)


Cage Free by Neil Mattson

I finished this tune in March and Trio Flux has already performed it twice, once at Langano Lounge on 5/7/10, and most recently at Camellia Lounge 5/14/10.  When Trio Flux bassist, Julio Appling, first read it down he texted me: “Cage Free is bleeping hard!” I stumbled on the ostinato pattern almost by mistake whilst fooling around in drop-d tuning, probably after practicing Egg Radio, come to think of it.  The two-bar bass line sat on the shelf for a couple of weeks until I found the inspiration to expand on it.  Cage Free is all about the harmonic movement in the ostinato pattern. I like how it turned out.

Cage Free demo


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NM updates his site…finally!!!

Wow, it’s been a while.  I just scoured my desktop mac for all pertinent files including many transcriptions, photos, and tracks from over the years. Not sure how to share whilst still protecting my intellectual property. I guess for now I’ll make my stuff available here and see how it goes. Enjoy!!

Tracks posted

I’m in the process of gathering worthy cuts from various projects over the last few years.  Unfortuanately, I will never know what music was lost in the MacBook hard drive crash of ’09. Some of the tracks over Anthony Cole drumming (recorded by my brother in Florida way back when) are refreshing to hear after considerable time passed since their recording.  A new recording is imminent, probably next spring. Check out the tracks here.