Faculty Biography


Matthew Malsky, Ph.D.

Associate Provost and Dean of the College
Professor of Music
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 793-7316 or 7377
Email: mmalsky@clarku.edu

Professional Website.


Professor Malsky received a B.A. from Brandeis University in 1983 and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1990. He has been at Clark since 1994. He is also affiliated with the program in Screen Studies.

Creative Work, Research and Teaching

Matt Malsky is a composer who has written concert works for soloist and mixed chamber ensembles, often with live and pre-recorded electronics with multi-channel sound diffusion systems. He directs Clark's Computer Music Studio/Multimedia Lab where his teaching interests include computer music, audio production, musical acoustics, film sound and music, and popular music.

Malsky's compositions have been performed and acclaimed internationally. His compositional style is characterized by its rhythmic vitality and dramatically crafted gestures, and has been described as economical, eloquent, intellectually rigorous, and emotional compelling. His virtuosic works for acoustic instruments with live computer processing have attracted the interest of outstanding soloists including John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Esther Lamneck (NYU), Frank Cox (c-squared), Seth Josel and Isabel Ettenauer. The Penderecki String Quartet commissioned his second string quartet, Lacan. His third quartet, Berlin, Symphony of a Great City is an accompaniment to that classic silent film. Together with his first string quartet, these have been released on compact disc through the Centaur label. His recent chamber music, an aural map of emotions, is available on Ravello Records as GEOGRAPHIES & GEOMETRIES with the Radius Ensemble and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. His music for silent film may be heard at here.

As a scholar, Malsky examines from a psychoanalytic perspective the intersections of music, technology and culture in the post-World War II period. His articles are published in the areas of ethnomusicology, cultural and film studies by the Illinois and Wesleyan University Presses, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury Publishing, and journals Search, Reconstructions and World Picture Journal.

Selected Recordings

http://www2.clarku.edu/departments/clarkarts/music/images/geographies-geometries-malsky-100.jpgMusic for String Quartet

Geographies and Geometries: chamber music by Matthew Malsky, Ravello Records, RR7891 (2014).

Malsky: Music for String Quartet, Centaur, 2010

Selected Publications

Book chapters:

"Scoring Ruttman's Berlin Film: considering music meaning in historical and modern contexts." inMaking Music for Silent Films, Edited by K.J. Donnelly and Ann-Kristin Wallengren. (London: Palgrave, 2015).

"The Grandeur(s) of CinemaScope: Early Experiements in Cinematic Stereophony," Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound edited by Paul Théberge, Kyle Devine and Tom Everrett. (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., 2015).

Selected Articles

"Being Heard : Listening In — sound & our dystopian present" World Picture Journal [Autumn 2011/issue 6] "Wrong" ISSN 1938-1700 (http://worldpicturejournal.com/)

"Sounds of the City: Alfred Newman's 'Street Scene' and Urban Modernity." accepted by Jay Beck and Anthony Grajeda, editors of a projected anthology, Lowering the Boom: New Essays on the History, Theory and Practice of Film Sound (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008).

"Fantasy and the concert hall: musical performance in the electroacoustic age." Reconstruction: a journal of cultural studies [Winter 2004/4.1] "Technology and historiography: or, the science fiction of everyday life" ISSN 1547–4348. (www.reconstruction.ws)

Selected Performances

Transit of Venus for electric guitar and live electronics, Trevor Babb, guitar @ Clark University

heterogeneous for toy piano & live electronics; Claudia Birkholz, toy piano, Joy of Toy @ The Westerberg Musuem, Bremen, Germany.

Thirteen Ways of Listening to a Loudspeaker
Sonic Currents, a concert of contemporary electroacoustic music
WPI, Riley Commons in Sanford Riley Hall.

Cyan-Magenta-Yellow, The Discontents of Orpheus & Princess Nicotine; or The Smoke Fairy
Clark 20 | 21 - concert & CD release party.

Archipelago of Regrets, for piano trio, The Capital Trio performances at University at Albany, Clark University and SUNY Oswego.

Heterogeneous for toy piano with live electronics. Nancy Newman, toy piano. Barge Music, Brooklyn, NY.

Heterogeneous for toy piano & live electronics. Gloria Damijan, toy piano & Daniel Lercher, electronics., impuls 2010 -Minutenkonzerte, Graz Austria.

 Man Mann Lebt, a spam for violin, voice, clarinet, saxophone & cello. thingNY presents: SPAM (v1.2). University of the Streets and The Tank, New York, NY.

 Transit of Venus for electric guitar & live electronics. Seth Josel, electric guitar. The Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria.

Thirteen Way of Listening to a Loudspeaker for feedback-driven live computer processing. Spark Festival of Electronic Music & Arts, Minneapolis, MN. (premiere).

Thirteen Way of Listening to a Loudspeaker, for feedback-driven live computer processing. New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, NY.

Heterogeneous for toy piano & live electronics. Claudia Birkholz, toy piano, EXPAN-Festival für Neue Musik, Villach, Austria and Porcia Palace Music Hall, Spittal/Drau, Austria; BKA, Berlin, Germany; Dampfzentrale Bern, Switzerland.

Lacan for string quartet with live electronics. Penderecki String Quartet. 3 premiere performances of commissioned work, Worcester MA, Waterloo & London (Ontario).