Mat McKinley has been a freelance composer, arranger, programmer and performer of music for a wide range of media including TV, Radio, Multi and Interactive Media, Theatre, Modern Dance and Commercial Music production. His work has been heard on the BBC, ITV, Channels 4 and 5, Sky and many other National and International satellite and cable networks.
Mat spent nearly 20 years as a visiting lecturer at Alchemea College of Audio Engineering in London until its closure in April 2015. He taught music theory and modern composition techniques employing his own unique methodology. Due in part to the success of the courses at Alchemea, he decided to write a unique and comprehensive series of books which form The Hotwired Music Production Pack which provides a “how to” guide regarding modern and creative composition. Mat also hosts 3 different “live” experiences, the details of which can be found at www.hotwiredmusic.co.uk.
Mat started learning music at an early age, principally on the piano but also dabbled with the clarinet and drums. Being thoroughly dissatisfied and disillusioned by conventional methods he stopped music lessons altogether around the age of 14. He found he learnt so much more about “music” just by playing and experimenting himself and also by “listening” to great musicians from diverse genres of music. Subsequently his musical influences encompass virtually every genre and this amalgamation of knowledge and experience has been an invaluable asset in the diverse field of media composition.
Mat is currently drawing upon all of his personal experiences and inimitable learning devices to create an online learning subscription website which will be launched later this year. It will be the first of its kind in relation to music so keep your eyes and ears peeled!
See Mat McKinley In Action
The fundamental vocabulary of music – pitch and rhythm, are based on mathematics. Mat explains all in easy-to-understand terms.
In part 3, Mat Mckinley delves into “movement” – in other words, rhythm, the organisation of sonic data according to time.
In part 4, Mat discusses how time signatures are created using fractions.