Born in Birmingham, Mat initially studied Fine Art at Northumbria University before a Masters in Digital Design Media/Media Arts with composer Rolf Gehlhaar at Coventry University. He then completed a bursaried PhD at the University of Wolverhampton that explored how the live electronics of David Tudor can inform the design of digital musical instruments.
Mat began his HE career as a visiting lecturer in 2007. This was followed by a spell as a visiting researcher at The Open University Music Computing Lab from 2009-11. In September 2010 Mat joined the Music Department at the University of Wolverhampton as a Lecturer in Music Technology, later becoming Senior Lecturer. From 2011-13 he was Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Music Technology programme, overseeing a period of substantial expansion growth, a move to new facilities, and a fundamental redesign of the course curriculum. In 2012-13 Mat was joint Key Proposer for the MSc Audio Technology, and has been its Course Leader since its inauguration. He was also joint Key Proposer for the FDa Music Performance Technologies course at South Staffordshire College in 2015-16.
Mat’s teaching and research are closely related. He is particularly interested in instrument design, sound synthesis and the histories of electronic music. Mat has recently authored two journal articles and numerous conference papers, and co-authored two book chapters on music interaction published by Springer. He has also exhibited an audiovisual installation at Beton7 gallery in Athens, and was included in the university’s submission to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Mat’s external work includes advising Edexcel/Pearson on the redevelopment of their A-Level Music Technology award (2013), and acting as academic consultant for the revalidation of the MSc Music Engineering course at the University of South Wales (2016). Beyond academia he has worked freelance in areas such as interactive media, software and hardware development, and sound for screen.