Matt Heckert

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Matt Heckert is an American sound artist, born in 1957. He was involved in Survival Research laboratories in the 1980s before becoming a renowned machine musical artist.

Matt Keckert graduated from the San Fransisco Art Institute in 1979 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and joined the machine performance art group Survival Research Laboratories in 1980. Matt Heckert's main work in the group centered on the acoustic and musical parts of performance.

He left the group in 1988[1] to follow his musical interests, developing the Mechanical Sound Orchestra (MSO). The MSO was awarded the Golden Nica at the Ars Electronica 1997 for Digital Musics[2][3][4]. The collection of sound machines has toured the USA and Europe extensively.


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  1. ^ Matt Heckert official website
  2. ^ Munich Samba, Golden Nica 1997. Ars Electronica.
  3. ^ Munich Samba, Golden Nica 1997. Radio report.
  4. ^ Stocker, Gerfried; Schöpf, Christine (1997). FleshFactor: Informationsmaschine Mensch, Springer Wien.