Matt Ingalls

Matt Ingalls
Matt Ingalls

Matt Ingalls toots his own horn
Born December 18, 1970 (1970-12-18) (age 40)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Residence Oakland, California, USA
Occupation Composer
Concert Producer
Computer Music Programmer
Matt Ingalls

Matt Ingalls (born 1970) is an American composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. He is mostly associated with the San Francisco Bay Area Improv Scene, sfSound, the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, and the computer music program Csound.[1]



Ingalls is most active as a clarinetist, specializing in contemporary and experimental music. He is a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area Improv Scene, and is known for his "composerly" solo improvisations that explore extended techniques on his instrument that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Ingalls has worked with a diverse range of composers such as Mark Applebaum, Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, Helmut Lachenmann, George Lewis, Miya Masaoka, Meredith Monk, Hyo-shin Na, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Chinary Ung, and numerous Bay Area composers.


Ingalls has written compositions for acoustic instruments, voices, computer generated tape, interactive electronics, dance, theater, and freely improvising big band. His compositions have been recorded and performed in the United States and abroad, receiving many awards and recognitions. In 1994, he received 1st Finalist in the Bourges Concours International de Musique Electronique Electroacoustic (Categorie Humor - Puy).[2] The following year, Ingalls was awarded the very first ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Prize.[3] Ingalls has also received New Langton Art's "Bay Area Award", two California Artist Honorary Fellowship Residencies at the Djerassi Artist Program, two A.H. Miller prizes, and numerous Meet The Composer Fund/Creative Connections Grants.[4]


Ingalls is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation. sfSound produces an average of ten concerts a year, mostly taking place at the ODC Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco. In 2008, sfSound received an "ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming" from Chamber Music America.[5] sfSound is the umbrella organization of the San Francisco Tape Music Collective/Festival.

Computer Music

As a computer programmer, Ingalls has worked for Bay Area computer music companies such as Cycling 74, Bias, Arboretum, and MuscleFish. He is also the developer of MacCsound a real-time Macintosh version of the classic music synthesis program, Csound.[6] MacCsound won a 2004 "Editor's Choice" Award from Electronic Musician Magazine.[7] He is also the creator of the Soundflower Mac OS X utility for routing audio among multiple applications.[8] From 2005-2009, Ingalls was the lead programmer for GVOX, primarily developing the Encore music notation program.


Ingalls holds degrees in composition from The University of Texas at Austin and Mills College. He studied with George Lewis, Alvin Curran, Chris Brown, Russell Pinkston, Dan Welcher, and Karl Korte. Ingalls has taught music courses at The University of San Francisco and Dartmouth College.[9]


  • Anthony Braxton - Nine Compositions (rastascan records)
  • Grosse Abfahrt - Vanity (emanem records)
  • Grosse Abfahrt - everything that disappears (emanem records)
  • Grosse Abfahrt - erstes Luftschiff zu Kalifornien (creative sources recordings)
  • Gino Robair - I, Norton (rastascan records)
  • Mark Applebaum - The Metaphysics of Notation (innova records)
  • Mark Applebaum - Sock Monkey (innova records)
  • 541 - Music from Stanford (innova records)
  • Joseph Anderson - Epiphanie Sequence (sargasso records)
  • Cultures - Puys internationnaux de musique electroacoustique Bourges 1993-1994 (imeb/unesco/cime)
  • Music from SEAMUS - Volume 6 & Volume 7 (seamus records)
  • From Transparent Tape Music Festival (new san francisco tape music center)
  • Signs of Life (spring garden records)
  • The Skronktet West - EL (spool records)
  • Spezza Rotto - Tedeci Canzoni (limited sedition records)
  • John Shiurba - Triplicate (spool records)
  • John Shiurba - 5x5 (limited sedition records)
  • Praeface (praemedia records)
  • Scott Rosenberg - are (super J records)
  • Scott Rosenberg - ie (barely auditable records)
  • lectures, oratorios, conjecture and invective - volume one (barely auditable records)
  • Toad in the Hole (limited sedition records)
  • The Matthew Sperry Trio (limited sedition records)
  • P.I.S.S. (limited sedition records)
  • Music from the 2nd annual no idea festival (coincident records)
  • New Music Works - Night of the Living Composers (new music works records)
  • Moe! Staiano - Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations (edgetone/pax records)
  • Moe! Staiano - The Lateness of Yearly Presentations (amanita, dephine knormal music)
  • Ghost Machine - Live from KFJC (kfjc records)
  • Live at KZSU 1998 (kzsu records)
  • Donkey - SHOW (accretions records)
  • Wobbly - Live 99>01 (wobbly records)
  • Cheryl E. Leonard - Nether (apraxia records)
  • Out Fishing (Guberman/Ingalls Duo) (rusted blade)
  • Matt Ingalls - Clarinet Shit (self release)
  • Matt Ingalls - Algorithmic Music [1988-91] (self release)


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