The lights go down.
The audience goes quiet.
The curtains go up.
There’s something magical about the exact moment before a film starts to roll. Everything seems possible; your head is swimming with anticipation. Reality – the daily drudgery, the constant struggle – fades away. “This is it,” you think.
Matti Bye’s music is like a series of these highly charged moments. It makes you lose yourself, it makes you discover yourself. It takes your hand, it sets you free. And it’s damn exciting.
Extraordinary music such as Bye’s does not fall fully formed from the skies. Since the late eighties Bye has been employed by the Film House in Stockholm (“a hive of film-related activity”) and there he has created, in his own words, a “private world of music”. A somewhat odd career by anyone’s standards, but a very fruitful one – it’s given Bye time to develop his own voice.
And, as said, what a voice it is.
The lights go up.
The audience goes home.
The curtains go down.
When a film stops rolling you – hopefully – keep on thinking about it. Key scenes and choice dialogue from it replays in your heart and soul; you look into a blackened department store window and one of its protagonists stares back at you. “This is me,” you think.
Matti Bye’s music is like this, as well. It’s a vessel for understanding, a wide-eyed declaration of innermost feelings, a traditional/innovative art form – i.e. deeply personal – yet it’s extremely easy to love and relate to. And you can hum it in the shower, if you’d like.
So listen to Matti Bye, and hear the best movie you ever saw.
Matti Bye started his career 25 years ago composing and doing live improvisations to silent film and early cinema. Using similar methods and given his special sensitivity and experience of playing face to face in contact to the screen he has now shifted a certain focus giving most attention to contemporary film and tv productions.
This year Bye received several prizes including two nominations and winner of Guldbagge for the music to the Film, Faro, plus the Nordic film music price; Harpa.
“We felt that the themes developments, the choice of a small orchestral ensemble, and the overall emotional counterpoint provided by the music in a movie, in which, voluntarily, there is very little dialogue, wonderfully fills the blanks that are purposely left by the director in the storytelling.
And this magical, emotional alchemy between the music and the images is, after all, what film music is all about", the jury comments about Matti Bye’s winning music.
Matti Bye has also collaborated and written filmscores for Jan Troell, Maria Larsson’s everlasting moments, where he also received a Guldbagge for 2009. Other recently films he made music for is "Pictures from a playground" a documentary about Ingmar Bergman and the comedy "One hundred man that climbed out a window and disappeared" (Centenarian).
He is a Regular performer and composer solo as well as with his ensemble to various silent film festivals and screenings around the world. This a a one of many work methods where Bye can and will continue his ever thirst of exploring new ways of developing the alchemy of sound and images.
2016 – Matti Bye: Elephant made the piano EP (1631 Recordings)
2016 – Matti Bye: A Serious Game (Cosmos Music)
2014 – Hydras Dream: The Little Match Girl (Denovali)
2014 – Matti Bye: Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann
2014 – Maiilma: Speculum (Rotor)
2013 – Matti Bye: Bethanien (Tona Serenad)
2013 – Matti Bye: Faro (Rotor)
2013 – Walrus (Electricity Records)
2011 – Matti Bye, Mattias Olsson & Martina Hoogland Ivanow:
Elephant & Castle (Kning Disk)
2009 – Matti Bye: Drömt (Rotor)
2009 – Vinter – Vinter II (Tjärnen)
2008 – Matti Bye: Gösta Berlings Saga (Rotor)
2008 – Maailma – Noitalauluja (Tjärnen)
2003 – Matti Bye: Körlkarlen (Rotor)
2016 – Hundraettåringen som smet från notan och försvann (Felix Herngren, Måns Herngren)
2016 – Den Allvarsamma Leken (Pernilla August)
2015 – Förvaret (documentary)
2013 – Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann (Felix Herngren)
2013 – Faro (Fredrik Edfelt)
2011 – Snigeln (short, Jan Troell)
2011 – Bibliotekstjuven (TV series)
2010 – Filmen var min älskarinna "…But Film is My Mistress" (documentary about Ingmar Bergman)
2010 – Sebbe (Babak Najafi)
2009 – Bilder från lekstugan "Images from The Playground" (documentary about Ingmar Bergman)
2009 – Elkland (short)
2008 – Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick "Everlasting Moments" (Jan Troell)
2008 – Mellan oss (short)
2007 – Fritt fall (short)
2006 – En uppstoppad hund (TV movie)
2006 – Quinze (short)
2006 – Brevbärarens hemlighet (short)
2005 – Krama mig "Love and Happiness" (Kristina Humle)
2005 – En god dag "A Good Day" (short)
1999 – Vuxna människor (Felix Henrgren)
1998 – Homo Sapiens 1900 (documentary by Peter Cohen)
1995 – Sista skriket "The Last Gasp" (TV play by Ingmar Bergman)
1924 – Gösta Berling Saga "The Saga of Gosta Berling" (Mauritz Stiller)
1922 – Häxan "Witchcraft through ages" (restored version: 2006)
1921 – Körkarlen "Phantom Carriage" (Victor Sjöström)
1920 – Erotikon (Mauritz Stiller)
1919 – Herr Arnes Pengar "Sir Arnes´s Treasures" (Mauritz Stiller)
1916 – Dödskyssen (short) (restored version: 2002)