Matija Schellander

Matija Schellander, *1981 Matija Schellander is an Austrian composer and improvising musician based in Vienna, mostly using double bass, modular synthesizer, and speakers: processing input, moving air output.

In recent years he has focused on music for double bass solo, developing a project consisting of three parts that incorporates space, movement, light and sound during his stay in Berlin in 2011/12. (part 1) Another double bass solo project is new music for Dreyer´s Passion of Joan of Arc, commisioned by the Filmarchiv Austria in 2013.

In 2012 Schellander released his first solo CD "sum šum" with 7 electroacoustic compositions inspired by dystopic literature and movies on the label The Manual (Seoul, South Korea).

Schellander regularly works with Maja Osojnik in their electroacoustic duo Rdeča Raketa. Founded in 2008, they have released the tape "Old Girl, Old Boy" on mosz records (2010) and the LP "wir werden" ("we will") on god records (2013).

"Wir werden" consists of two carefully composed pieces each spanning one side of the vinyl album, organically blending various electronic sound sources and field recordings with acoustic instruments like paetzold recorder, double bass and piano.

Opened and closed by spoken word lyrics, Wir werden deals with the past repeating, movements and their absence in front of systems appearing to be crumbling, relationships between people and their inner fears. The ensemble Low Frequency Orchestra (founded by Angelica Castello, Thomas Grill, Maja Osojnik and Matija Schellander) started in 2003. They have realized many projects, including a CD with Wolfgang Mitterer and sound/text piece with author Anja Utler.

Another project located somewhere between music and performance is the duo with Choi Joonyong, pushing around guitar amps and double basses in Europe and Asia since 2010.
Schellander also collaborates with Attila Faravelli, who released the sound object "freie aerophone" (from his series Aural Tools) inspired by Schellanders solo double bass music in 2012.

Schellander has worked with many great musicians and composers, including Enrico Malatesta, Ryu Hankil, Burkhard Stangl, Franz Hautzinger, Wolgang Mitterer, Dieb 13, Noid, Klaus Filip, Okkyung Lee, Michael Bruckner, Isabelle Duthoit, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Michael Thieke, Hannes Lingens, Christof Kurzmann, Jin Sangtae, Andrea Neumann, Bernhard Lang, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Lukas König, Leo Riegler, Tom Johnson, Martin Brandlmayr, Metalycée, Raumschiff Englmayr, Bernhard Breuer and many more.

Kunstradio Broadcasts:

24. 04. 2016: RRR1
29. 12. 2019: Schichtungen | Ein Tonhof
05. 07. 2020: Die Revanche der Schlangenfrau. Ein Klangcomic frei nach Unica Zürn.
28. 02. 2021: Ö1 Hörspielpreis 2020: Bestes Originalhörspiel
28. 11. 2021: EINSAME AMEISEN AMNESIE. Ein Klangcomic frei nach Anestis Logothetis
29. 10. 2023: Hörspiel - Hacking