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Matt Davignon

Drum Machine, electronics
Matt Davignon is an experimental musician living in Oakland, California, best known for combining drum machine with a variety of electronic processing devices to create an expressive, organic-sounding synthesizer. His distinctive sound palette is informed not only by past experience with field recordings, household objects, prepared instruments and live sound collage, but also his love of psychedelic and space music. In addition to his solo work, Matt frequently collaborates with other improvisers. He manipulates speech recordings by tape in CD in the duo Oa, with Hugh Behm-Steinberg. He was also a member of the improvising avant-rock quartet Tiny Owl (,

He's also a well-known contributor to the San Francisco Bay Area experimental music community, arranging concerts for other musicians, hosting a podcast called "The World of Wonder", and occasionally pointing arrows to other musical spots of interest in blog at

The 3am Music (2013)
Living Things (2010)
SoftWetFish (2006)
Bwoo (2005)
Music at 1/2 Speed (2004)
The Dirt Album (With Rafter Roberts) (1996)

Yellow (2004)
Charcoal (2003)

"fragile and gorgeous and stubbornly weird"
--San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Davignon coaxes a shifting, kaleidoscopic ecosystem from his chosen black box"
--The Wire

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 7 2014 7:30 PM
Tom's Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Two duos:
Dan Clucas (trumpet) and Tom Djll (piano)
Oa (Matt Davignon and Hugh Behm-Steinberg)  More...
CDs on which Matt Davignon appears:
The Abstractions Novo Navigatio
Artist: The Abstractions
Title: Novo Navigatio
Label: Edgetone Records PR90275/EDT4027
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records PR90275/EDT4027
muck roc
Artist: muck
Title: roc
Label: Pax Recordings PR90272
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings PR90272