Kaffe Matthews: The weather is present

Photo: Mikkel Kaldal

Kaffe Matthews

Kaffe Matthews is a British composer, sound artist and musician. In her electroacoustic compositions and live performances, she works with a large number of parameters including space, data, things and place. 

The physical and tactile aspect of the music experience is central to her work. Thus she has invented a range of new listening interfaces such as the Sonic armchair, Sonic bed and Sonic bike, that enable new approaches to composition as well as creating immediate ways into the world of unfamiliar sound and music for the audience.

Photos: Mikkel Kaldal

The weather is present

With The weather is present Matthews has created a new sonic bike composition made specifically for Struer with The Bicrophonic Research Institute (BRI).

The work is experienced on one of the 6 Sonic Bikes that play geo-located sounds via mounted speakers whilst riding. The piece takes riders in and out of new sound experiences created through detailed studies of life and beyond the empty buildings that stand as sculpture through the old harbour. Duration and narrative is determined by the rider's path, with different compositions created through the bikes location connected through GPS.

Riders could experience electronic compositions blending or transforming the landscapes' own sounds as they cycled. They chose their own route through the mapped areas and made their own landscape of Struer, the City of Sound.

Photos: Mikkel Kaldal