Matthijs Kouw is a sound artist based in Utrecht (Netherlands). Using analog and digital synthesis, field recordings, and amplified objects, Matthijs has composed various solo pieces and music for dance, film, theater, and installations. From 1999 to 2003, Matthijs hosted a radio show on Amsterdam’s notorious Radio 100. He’s currently working primarily on long-form drone pieces, partly in an ongoing collaboration with Radboud Mens.
This website provides a discography of Matthijs’ music, as well as music released in various formats on his own label clinamen (see ‘label’ in the menu on the left).
‘Clinamen’ is a term used by the philosopher Lucretius to refer to the unpredictable swerving of atoms. According to Lucretius, atoms deviate ever so slightly from their regular course, causing their resulting collisions to occur not by strict necessity, but always with some element of chance. Swerving occurs at no fixed place or time and is an immanent property of the world that gives rise to creativity in all its myriad forms.