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Oct 2, 2017

Autoage: Standoff is out on Steam! Here is what some critics are saying about my title track:

The theme song makes me want to rush down to the local toy store and pick up my favorite Auto Age action figure. – GOCconnected

Even the music has that cheesy sound of the decade of big hair and dodgy clothing, complete with a theme tune that is actually rather catchy.God is a Geek

the soundtrack is highly pleasingZTGD

a killer theme songTechRaptor

songs which were catchy enough to have me humming them days laterMonster Vine

The thumping soundtrack provides a perfect compliment to the on-screen action. Among the highlights are tracks by 20SIX Hundred, Skull Fist, Stilz, and TWRP; and a theme song by Matthew Reid – Marooner’s Rock

killer theme music – Gaming Bad

The Age of the Auto!!!! that song is such an ear worm!! – Game Mascot

I am a total sucker for 1980s synth-music like that. – Critical Hit

The music is superb. – Hey Poor Player

 

 

 

June 5, 2017

One of my tracks from Limitations opens up the latest Freakonomics podcast about lawn obsession.

May 24, 2017

All the compositions of my soon to be released album, Limitations are complete!

March 2017

On the road again to perform my Second City Guide to the Symphony with The Calgary Philharmonic and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Feb 21, 2017

Off to Jacksonville, Florida to perform The Second City Guide to the Symphony

with the Jacksonville Symphony and to walk on a beach in a T-shirt.

Order tickets here!

 

Feb 1, 2017

Heading to Charlotte, NC tomorrow for milder weather, BBQ and a performance of The Second City Guide to the Symphony with the Charlotte Symphony!

Get your tickets here!

 

Dec 16, 2016

After hearing that ABC had pulled its digital wing it’s great to see that

NEWBORN MOMS SEASON 2 will be on ABC.com after all!

Happy to have created music for this!

 

Nov 1, 2016

Heading into the holiday season and Green Lake is still getting nominated for awards

including several more for best score.

 

Sept 24, 2016

Great time in Denver, CO. performing The Second City Guide to the Symphony at Boettcher Hall.

 

Sept 6, 2016

Next week I’m in Washington, D.C. performing my show The Second City Guide to the Symphony with the National Orchestra at the Kennedy Centre!

 

July 15, 2016

Now available on CBC comedy, The Whole Truths! With music by yours truly!

click here to watch

 

June 20, 2016 

The Second City Guide to the Symphony is one of this weeks top tickets according to the Toronto Star!

 

June 19, 2016

In just four days, the Toronto Symphony conducted by Peter Oundjian will perform my songs and Colin Mochrie and a cast of some of my favourite Second City alumni will tell my jokes!

The Second City Guide to the Symphony – 3 nights only at Roy Thompson Hall. June 23-25.

 

June 4, 2016

Very proud to have been awarded the Platinum Award for BEST ORIGINAL SCORE by the NYC Indie Film Awards for my work on Derek Frey’s GREEN LAKE.

 

Dec 17, 2015

Had fun scoring this little Star Wars inspired film with

Kessel Run Studios:

Bar Wars: A Brew Hope

 

July 22, 2015

One of the quirkier uses of my music recently is in an animated, German, How-to video.

The subject? The Kama Sutra. The video is cute but probably NSFW.

BTW, The spaghetti western music is mine, not the happy, inoffensive stuff.

 

March 10, 2015

Grand opening of Second City Toronto’s latest revue:

HOW TO KILL A COMEDIAN

Songs and sound by yours truly.

for info & tickets, click here.

 

December 31. 2014

A rediscovery by Dangerous Minds and The Verge has led to over 10,000 viewings of my

very niche joke/serious, ambient, musical meditation. Nice way to end the year.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/30/7470529/john-cage-4-33-remix

 

December 10. 2014

Praise for “The Second City Guide to the Symphony!”

Read here!

October 30, 2014

It’s been a long work in progress, but on Nov. 29 & Nov. 30 I will be performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The show is called “The Second City Guide to the Symphony” for which I helped write sketches and composed a whole buncha orchestral songs.

Check out the details by clicking this sentence.

 

December 16, 2013

Check out this first single from Love Inc.’s Simone Denny from her upcoming solo album.

Disclosure: I may have contributed to a track on this album.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

 

August 29, 2013

Second City’s new revue, We Can Be Heroes is officially open.

And the good reviews have already started coming in – along with some nice hat tips for me!

Toronto Star

Globe and Mail

March 8, 2013

Sometimes I create music for a show that doesn’t get used. The original curtain call music

for Second City’s The Meme-ing of Life, that I made with catch-phrases from the show didn’t quite fit.

Thanks to Craig Brown, Nigel Downer & Jason DeRosse for their voices.

CURTAIN CALL

March 6, 2013

A very positive first review with a great shout-out for me from the Toronto Star!

March 5, 2013

It’s been a handful of crazy months, but tonight, we at Second City premier

The Meme-ing of Life! 

A lot of fun was had preparing this score which is in many ways, the most intimate I’ve created for a Second City

Revue. A much higher ratio of “unplugged” material.

On the other hand, I managed to do the unthinkable and squeeze an orchestral fugue into the score.

Back in composer school one of the things I most vividly remember my Music in Media prof, Dr. Lothar Klein, telling me was,

never to bother putting a fugue into a film score because it’s too much work for something nobody will ever notice.

But sometimes, it’s enough to just create something for that perfect audience in your head.

Feb 11, 2013

I’ve been really busy these days. In addition to creating the sound & music for Second City Toronto’s 71’st Revue,

I am collaborating with former bandmate Michael Gabriel and Producer Rob DiGioia on an orchestral adaptation of singer/songwriter songs.

I’m also adding orchestral and piano colour to another soon to be mentioned project from an unlikely source.

More on that and other stuff later, cuz I’m sure THE CURIOSITY IS KILLING YA!

Oct 12, 2012

First review for Saucisse. And it’s a-good!

Check it out!

Oct 10-14, Oct 17-20, 2012

After successful performances in New York City, Saucisse: A Foo Musical 

returns for a run in Toronto!

Foo, a skeptical, nomadic peddler strikes an unlikely friendship with Saucisse, a new-age vegetarian pig.  Foo is horrified when he discovers the awful truth about Saucisse’s Divine Plan.  Will Foo make the right choice and honour his friend’s wishes? Or take action and alter the pig’s destiny? Find out in this clown musical about friendship, fate and meat.

GET YO’ TICKETS HERE!

performed by Helen Donnelly | directed by Susanna Hamnett | composed by Matthew Reid

Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay

Set and Props Design by Lindsay Anne Black

@Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Pia Bouman School, 6 Noble St (Queen @ Dufferin)
Oct 10 (pwyc preview) 8pm
Oct 11 (opening) 8pm
Oct 12, 13 @ 8pm
Oct 14 (kid-friendly pwyc matinee, ages 8 and up)
Oct 17-20 @ 8pm
TICKETS: $20 adult, $15 arts worker, $10 kids (suitable for ages 8 and up)

August 27, 2012

One more day until opening night for Second City’s new show,

We’ve Totally (Probably) Got This. 

Rehearsing between scenes interstitials, y’know so the music

don’t sound all arbitrary-like…

June 21, 2012

I’m a-gonna be lecturing for the International Game Developers Association of Toronto

on composing for games.

Here’s where & when.

JUNE 5, 2012

Thanks to all who checked out Saucisse last weekend!

For your listening pleasure, here’s the Overture:

SAUCISSE OVERTURE

Can anyone hear the “Paint your Wagon” influence?

JUNE 1, 2012

For the past few months I’ve been working on a musical with Helen Donnelly

called “Saucisse: A Foo Musical.” She’s a great clown, and only slightly scary.

She does a short run in Toronto, this weekend. Here are the deets:

CLICK THIS BOLD-ASS TEXT FOR DETAILS

Check out the trailer too. It would even make David Lynch squint.

MAY 15, 2012

Here’s a time killer of a game I did music for as part of DARC Productions.

Click HERE to play.

MARCH 30, 2012

My cronies at DARC Productions are making a doc on Game Jams. Here’s the trailer – with music by me, natch.

FEB 19, 2012

An amusing chat on the podcast, Comedy Above the Pub with Todd Van Allen & Nigel Downer.

We talk about Saturday Night Live, Flintstones anachronisms and the importance of history in the most

absolute serious way you have ever experienced.

Listen here, yo.

DEC 24, 2011

If you’re not sick of Christmas music yet, here’s a tasteful, Renaissance inspired piece I wrote

for harp back in ’99.

CLICK HERE

NOV 29, 2011

Here’s some holiday flavoured orchestral music I created for Circus Orange for the lighting

of the tree in Toronto’s Dundas Square. The experience involved pyrotechnics, an acrobatic fairy

and an operatic clown.

Da music’s below.

Posey Lights the Tree

)CT 15, 2011

I recently created the score for Golden Gear GamesSeraph.

I was in a Steve Reich kinda state of mind…

Here’s the trailer:

My good buddy, Troy Morrissey at DARC Productions did all the sound FX

OCT 11, 2011

Check out this fun interview with me and two of my compositions on this music blog:

NO EXTRA NOTES.

You may just find out what my favourite kind of pie is!

SEPT 29, 2011

Sometimes I like to climb into J.S. Bach’s head and create background music

loops that are way more involved than they need to be…

CHROMATIC CANON

Soooo chromatic!

SEPT 10, 2011

When I get to compose music like this for Second City:

DREAMS OVERTURE FINALE

I am particularly happy. Nothing like occasionally channeling Dvorak.

JUNE 27, 2011

So I had a little Bach & Schubert on the brain when I wrote this music for a fun, upcoming

videogame called Poppycock. This is the 3rd variation on a theme (loopable)

Poppycock Gameplay Music

Play the rough version of the game here.

Warning: there are monocles and tentacles on things…

MAY 26, 2011

There’s absolutely no reason why this old video I did shouldn’t be on this blog:

MAY 17, 2011.

TOJam gives participants 3 days to create a functioning videogame. 

Here’s some of the music I did for them:

Bluebase Games did a brilliant mash-up Canabalt with Tetris. To go

with this, I did an old timey synth loop pastiche of Bach with some Russian flavour

Tetrabalt Theme Music

The next game, a survival game by James Briggs, involved booting flaming

bunnies toward an army of suicide bombers in bear mascot costumes.

(We’ve all had that dream, right?)

I gave two passes for this one, the first being a sardonic, Shostakovich-like, circus piece:

Fightin’ Music 1

The second was a drvin’ prog metal loop:

Heavy Fighting 


In the end prog-metal won. Apologies to Shostakovich.

So the title music sounded like this:

Peaceful Menu Music

The last game, Team Ibehard’s (get it?) BACONSHARK was particularly fun.

And I’m not just saying that because I helped write the story.

In Baconshark, a Baconshark has created so much havoc that the sandwich gods

have decided that he cannot be and he must deconstruct himself. So in the game

you play backwards and undo the chaos you caused. If you fail to undestroy targets

the Sandwich God will yell, “Paradox!

 The gameplay required backwards SFX and music so

I created this palindromic score:

Baconshark Level 1

Here’s how it sounds reversed:

Bacon Shark Level One

The title page music sounded like normal, but quirky,

adventure music:

Baconshark Title Music

And the opening logo music caused a few pairs of trousers to be soiled:

Title Sting! final

…sorry about your trousers…


The National Post ran a week long series of diaries from me recently. Although the editor did a terrific job cutting down my manifestos to 150 words, sometimes you just miss the original. So you saw them here first, the writer’s cut version of my National Post Diaries.

Diary #5

I am constantly aware of my own mortality. And it isn’t just the death threats I receive on

most days, it’s those nagging assassination attempts as well. These make me realize that

there is still so much to do and see that remains undone and unsawed.

So here, dear reader are ten things I intend to do before I sexily slink out of this mortal

coil:

Build a life-size replica of Godzilla wearing a beret next to the Eiffel Tower.

Record a vanity album with M.C. Hammer, who will constantly refrain that Matt Reid

can, in fact, touch this.

Move Angkor Wat to Ploughkeepsie, New York so I won’t have to pay for two dream

trips.

Invent an ice cream sauce called “Fudge you!” that actually tastes like pinecones

Resurrect the Marx Brothers so that they can re-film Duck Soup directed by Michael

Bay.

Replace the Blarney Stone with the Barney stone, so that people who kiss it will forever

sound like that Flintstones guy.

Run with the bulls in the C.N. Tower.

Take a submarine to visit the wreck of the Titanic. When arriving, get out, stand on the

nose of the sub and scream, “I’m the King of the World!”

Visit the Lascaux Caves in France. Draw over each antelope’s face with a picture of

Bullwinkle.

For three days, convince the world that I am Banksy and sell a million copies of three

foot tall, to scale models of Godzilla wearing a beret next to the Eiffel Tower.

Edited version from the Post:


Diary # 4

Even though the media is saturated with information about me: the extensive coverage

about me in the International Who’s Who, the enormous entry in the Oxford Companion

to Music, that cologne that smells like me when I’m thinking about apples. Even though

this is the case, there is still much about me that remains mysterious and ironically many

of these mysterious things I believe should be public knowledge. (italics mine)

I invented an instrument consisting of pitched chalkboards scratched by 88 miniature

rakes. I was most displeased when my selection of lullabies for this instrument was not

included in the final version of the Baby Einstein classical music series.

I composed a symphony that can only be heard by dogs and only be performed by

badgers. It is yet to be performed. Do your part. Write an angry letter to your local

orchestra and demand its inclusion in the next “Sunday with the Pops” concert.

I autotuned John Cage’s 4’33’’… Seriously, look it up on YouTube.

I own a magical chocolate factory. By that I mean it is a factory entirely made of

chocolate held together by magic. The factory itself only makes croquet mallets and a 24

hour delousing spray used by several esteemed prisons.

And finally, I was the original voice of Yoda before Frank Oz was considered. My

version had an Irish brogue, “Do or do not, dere is no troy. Lar-ta-tee-tar!”

And now, gentle readers, you know everything. Except the colour of my eyes. Seriously

people, my eyes are up here…Perverts.

Edited version from the Post:


Diary # 3

I have now received dozens of letters from readers of this journal. Ignoring the letters that

were laced with anthrax, many of you asked, “How can I be a great composer like you,

Mr. Reid?” Let me give you a tip worthy of the fingers of an Edward Scissorhan-esque

masseur – (sharp tips is what I’m saying. Please don’t make me explain my jokes again.)

After the orchestra’s final eruption of sound comes to its stentorian conclusion, the

audience rises to its feet, unable to contain its overwhelming need to applaud. This must

have been a truly great piece of music, no? To quote Oscar the Grouch, “Ding dong,

you’re wrong.” Let me make this perfectly clear, great music should please no-one.

Let me cite historical precedent: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring caused audience brawling

that even the police couldn’t stop. At the premiere of Beethoven’s 9th, the maestro was

chased through the streets of Vienna and when caught was forced to endure a two hour

game of “keep-away” with his stovetop hat.

And this is why great music is great. It stands the test of time because people just can’t

stop despising it. Only last year, music lovers finally stopped burning effigies of Bach.

To conclude, a decent composer is disliked by today’s audience; a good composer is

loathed by tomorrow’s audience; a great composer, like me (and potentially you) is

abhored by audiences consisting of our post-apocalyptic, shaggy, green future overlords.

To quote Oscar the Grouch, “I love it because I hate it.”

Edited version from the Post:

Diary # 2

Like any art, creating music requires a certain amount of magic. By magic, of course, I

am not referring to a sudden “What is it now, Dum-Dum?” Great Gazoo-like appearance

in which I instantly realize the musical wishes of my masters. It is a much lengthier

process than that.

The people who need music from me know that they must put their requests in writing.

Then, before they go to sleep, they must place the written request under their pillow. If

they have been good, my elves will appear – and I’m not talking like Keebler elves, I’m

talking like those tough S.O.B.’s from Lord of the Rings, ready to bust a flaming arrow

into any five-0 wondering why a bunch of elves are rummaging through someone’s

bedroom.

In the morning, the request will have been beautifully completed. As payment, one of

your teeth will have been removed. I do not allow my elves to remove teeth, for as tough

as they are, tooth removal causes calluses. And if elf hands are not soft, they are unable to

operate their magic quills from which music flows like a fountain from a dream by Ponce

de Leon (you know, the one where he wakes up really having to go to the bathroom.)

Only my night-ogres may remove teeth. Surprisingly, their hands are also soft.

Edited version from the Post:



Diary # 1:

I make the music at Second City in Toronto. And if there is one thing that I know, it is

when you pause to think about Second City in Toronto there is an 85 percent chance

you’re wondering, “Where does that utterly charming Matthew Reid get all his obviously

perfect musical ideas?”

And prior to the opening of every one of our new revues, the media is constantly trying to

figure out exactly that. My door is knocked unceasingly, my telephone rings like a

narcoleptic’s alarm clock, the paparazzi, with their shape-shifting, appearing as

everything from mustachioed window cleaners outside my window to bearskin rugs I am

only three-quarters-certain I purchased (Barba-paparazzi if you will.)

And when they finally catch me, I give them the same response. The twinkle appears in

my eyes, my head rotates a full 360 degrees and I reply, “Why, just listen.” And then I tip

my chimney sweep’s hat, a faint scent of ozone fills the air and in a flash of smoke I

vanish leaving a trail ethereal musical notes and a half-eaten box of Lucky Charms.

Up next: the secret behind the magic!

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