Charles Matthews is a performer and composer working in London, UK. Charles first began experimenting with noise and industrial music as a teenager growing up in Japan. Since 1999 he has released experimental dance music as Ardisson, including several 12″s on Seed Records. His performances often combine vinyl, custom tools developed in Max/MSP, drum machines, synthesisers, and feedback.
More recently Charles’s focus has been the combination of gamelan with electroacoustic music, which formed the subject of his recent AHRC funded PhD research at Middlesex University. In the past year he has studied in Indonesia at the Institute of Arts (ISI Surakarta), and joined various community groups in performances of traditional music. He is currently working on a project called Augmented Gamelan: a chamber ensemble incorporating instruments modified with transducers.