Matthew J Saunders — alright? Who am I? I'm a musician, visual designer and former mastering engineer. I release records and perform live as the Twilight Sequence, a modular synthesizer project taking the natural world as inspiration. I also record as the Assembled Minds, a project that combines Radiophonic experimentation, broken techno tape loops and eerie hauntological themes. Some of this stuff has been played on BBC 6Music Radio, BBC Radio 3, plus guest mixes for The Wire and Self-Titled magazines, and reviews in The Wire, Electronic Sound and MixMag. My music is weird, I don't know if you'll like it.
I'm involved with the Wyrd Wild West organisation as collaborator with Hacker Farm's Farmer Glitch and IX Tab's Saxon Roach, performing and recording in the band Rapid Eye Electronics Ltd. (R.E.E.L.). Previously, I ran the record label Patterned Air Recordings, all three of its first album releases being included in Simon Reynolds' records of the year which I'm pretty proud of, but the day-to-day admin ate up precious time that I wanted to spend on writing, not releasing music, so now it exists in stasis (I may yet release on it again).
In the 2000's I was signed to 4AD Records as one half of electronica mis-fits Magnétophone (along with my best buddy John Hanson). We released two albums and several EPs and singles. Some of it was synced by the BBC and Sky and perhaps most oddly, we composed additional music for StudioCanal's feature length documentary 'Valentino: The Last Emperor', along with The Earlies' John Mark Lapham. During this period, we collaborated with some pretty knockout artists including Kim Deal (The Pixies), Kelley Deal (The Breeders), Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom, Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.), King Creosote, PG Six and James Yorkston.
We were first and foremost a live band though, and Magnétophone played many blissfully leftfield shows, playing the length and breadth of the UK, touring extensively in Europe and even a few days in New York. Pete Kember, our early musical hero, joined us as third member and manager for the two year duration of the second album's promotional period in 2006 and we've since remained firm friends. We also recorded two Peel Sessions, two Rob da Bank Sessions for BBC Radio 1, and other live sessions for BBC Radio 3 and XFM. Our first 4AD single went into the independent charts at number 16 above Britney Spears, how we laughed.
In 2007 Magnétophone got well above their status (i.e. two clumsy Brummies who liked to mess around with synths, got extremely lucky), when we contributed music to a prestitigious Visionaire arts project alongside artists such as David Byrne, U2, Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, Cat Power, Laurie Anderson, Adrock, Lee Ranaldo, Antony & the Johnsons, Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Malcolm McLaren, Andrew WK, Danger Mouse, Yoko Ono, SunnO))), Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen and others.
Also, as Assembled Minds I've been curated onto albums with Adamski, Amon Tobin, Arovane, Autechre, Future Sound of London, Holly Herndon, Kid606, The KLF, Nils Frahm, Ochre, Richard Devine and Ulrich Schnauss. Weird times.
As mastering engineer I mastered many interesting artists including Colin Newman (Wire) & Malka Spigel, Casper Clausen (Efterklang), Cheval Sombre, Eva Bowan, Jon Thorne (Lamb, Iron and Wine), Eliza Carthy & The Memory Band (EAN / Stick In The Wheel), Ekoplekz, Howlround, Kemper Norton, The Duke St Workshop, Grantby, Lee F Cullen, BLACKASH, Goodnight Lenin, Anthony Reynolds, The Home Current, Victories at Sea, plus several 1960's bands The Quest, Art Guy, The Illusions, Rupert's People, The Paragons, The Snapshots, The Bit 'A Sweet and The Enfields. But gigging for 30 years hasn't been kind to my ears, so in late 2020, I had to reluctantly retire.
Oh yeah, also, when I'm not writing music, I sometimes create visual designs, one of which was showcased by German design book publishers Gestalten, so that was nice.
More music on BandCamp here.