Mad EP is Mathew Peters, a New York based Iowa native with a vast and impressive background in electronic and classical music. Peters brings his talents to bear on Mad EP productions in such a way that the end results are diverse and unclassifiable, calmly defying expectations as he skims through every imaginable genre to reach the outer limits of a territory that is indisputably his own. His music is made with computer, live instrumentation, found sounds and field recordings. And cello. (His cello lines have been used by Venetian Snares
and Leafcutter John
At eight years old Peters began his rigorous training with the cello, and at fourteen was already onto music theory, composition and improvisation. He studied cello performance at Northwestern University. While still an undergraduate, he did an internship at WFMT (Chicago's fine arts and classical radio station) and became the youngest person to produce the Chicago Symphony Orchestra radio broadcasts in their history. After two seasons, he went on to study sound recording and digital media at McGill University in Montreal. He has worked as a classical booking agent, a freelance sound designer for corporate and academic web media projects, and has scored experimental theatre productions.
Peters has been making his own music, described variously as electronic, idm, Breakbeat, Sample-mania, alternative hip-hop and consistently unpredictable, for the past seven years in various contexts. He is a founding member of the improv unit Manhattan Gimp Project and one half of the hip-hop duo Mad/EQ with MC equivalANT. Peters is also the resident sound designer for the Psychasthenia Society, a quasi theatre group that presents satiric storytelling blended with remixed vintage movie stills, live video, and electronic music.
And he has a lot of friends. His releases are full of guest appearances. The Mad EP full-length debut Eating Movies
(Ad Noiseam, 2004) featured, among others, Jason Forrest
(Live till I rot
), Exillon (Scab removal technique
), Mathhead (Saill on
) and his own improvisation band, the Manhattan Gimp Project (Ride_072902). The follow-up, Not Afraid of Spiders
, was just as jam packed, guests included: Charles Pierce aqua end, flutist/saxophonist Scott Lamberty (Stealing your last breath), Mochipet, Chaonaut, Marlowe, Bryce Beverlin II, David Young, again the Manhattan Gimp Project, and of course, MC equivalANT.
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