Matthijs Kouw is a sound artist based in Utrecht (Netherlands). Using analog and digital synthesis, field recordings, and recordings of various objects, Matthijs has composed solo and collaborative pieces, as well as music for dance, film, theater, and installations. He’s currently working primarily on long-form drone, partly in an ongoing collaboration with Radboud Mens.

This website contains a portfolio of Matthijs’ music that has been released in various formats, including releases on his own imprint 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.