Matt is the owner and chief sound designer at Patchman Music so obviously these clips feature his Patchman Music sound creations. Here are some mp3 audio tracks demonstrating Matt's work on the EVI. Visit often, as more clips will be added from time to time.
Below are some solo cuts lifted from recent LIVE studio recording of Matt's Trio. The Trio's performance was recorded live in the studio direct to Digital Performer.
Most of the sounds you hear on the clips below are UNEDITED TURBO VL70-m patches with additional studio effects added such as EQ, compression, and additional reverb. A few of the clips feature various analog EVIs from Matt's collection such as his Crumar EVI and Steinerphone EVI. The source of the sound is indicated in the descriptions below.
The Trio includes Ken Srail on keyboards/left hand bass, and Jeff Kennat on drums. More info on Matt's trio- Winelight.
Below is an arrangement Matt Traum did in 2001 of the Christmas classic "What Child Is This" for a CD project for Cleveland singer David Lynch. Matt produced, arranged, recorded, mixed, and performed all the remaining parts including (real) flugelhorn, EVI wind controller backing horns, piano, bass, and drums. The flugelhorn solo is an actual acoustic flugelhorn. All the other wind instruments that you hear (Bari Sax, Harmon Mute Trumpet, Trombone, etc...) are either a Yamaha VL1-m or Korg Triton with his custom wind controller sounds being played with an EVI wind controller. The bass is his own custom upright bass samples played via Sample Cell II on the Mac.
What Child Is This (6 megs) Arrangement / Recording ©2001 MattTraum.
Here is a live video (6.5 megs) of Matt playing the MDT (an instrument he helped develop). This clip requires QuickTime 6.0 or higher. You can get QuickTime for free here.
Below is a very early recording of Matt Traum on the EVI. In fact it may very well be the first recording of Matt on the EVI. This recording from November 7, 1989 was made approximately 5 weeks after the arrival of Matt's first EVI! Matt is playing the Akai EVI1000 / EWV2000 triggering an Oberheim Matrix-1000 via MIDI with a custom wind controller patch. This sound was later to be included in his Patchman Music Matrix-1000 Volume 1 soundbank. Though certainly not the greatest EVI performance by any means, it is nonetheless an interesting piece of history and it shows what a trumpet player can do in only 5 weeks with a little practice on a brand new instrument. Matt also composed the piece and played all the other parts as well...
Below is a live performance clip (recorded direct from the board at a gig) of Matt playing a solo on the Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou". The sound is the Stevie! patch from the TURBO VL chip...
Below is an original song called "Be With Me" written and recorded by Matt Traum in 2001. Matt played all the parts except for the acoustic guitar. Note that all the horn parts are played by Matt with a MIDI EVI wind controller. The sounds are from a Korg Triton with his custom wind controller patches...
Below is an original song called "Electric India" written and recorded by Matt Traum in 1990. Matt composed, recorded, and performed all parts. The haunting lead is played on the Akai EVI1000 wind controller triggering a layer comprised of the Ensoniq ESQ-m and Oberheim Matrix-1000 modules both loaded with his Patchman Music wind controller soundbanks. Some overdubs were added several years later with a Kurzweil K2500...
Below is an original song called "Gray Sand" written and recorded by Matt Traum in 1989. Matt composed, recorded, and performed all the parts. The haunting lead sound was played via the Akai EVI1000 wind controller triggering an Oberheim Matrix-1000 loaded with his Patchman Music Matrix-1000 wind controller soundbank...
Hey, you gotta start somewhere! Have a good laugh on this one! Here is Matt's very first concert performance on cornet from fifth grade recorded around 1973. This piece called "The Young Genius" was recorded in the auditorium of Saint Clement's Grade School in Lakewood Ohio. Playing this piece with Matt is David Chambers also on the cornet. The pianist is unknown. The first solo is Matt, the second solo is David. God Bless Sister Monica Marie- Matt's first music teacher. She was a remarkable musician and human being. Thanks to David Chambers for the photo.
Michael Brecker, world renown saxophonist and EWI virtuoso
"I have listened to the first two of your CD's and was quite impressed. I started listening to the first tune which was 'On A Clear Day' and waited a while for the sax to finish playing so I could listen to you play. It took a little while for me to realize that you were the sax."- Nyle Steiner, renown studio session musician and inventor of the EVI
"Hi Matt, I listened to your album and like it. It's great to hear someone who has such command with the EVI. The accompanying players are very good also. And I like the sounds you've created. They have a lot of expression and sound really good. Maybe someday I'll order a VL70-m. Great playing." - Judd Miller, renown EVI recording artist, top-call movie / session musician
"I received your CD today. Sounds awesome." - Steve Marshall, Inventor of the MDT Morrison Digital Trumpet, Australia
"Matt: I just finished listening to the Winelight CD featuring you on EVI... I'm now going directly to the practice room! Great job Matt. Having been challenged since 1980 by the EVI, I know what it takes to achieve the great technical command you have on the instrument. Let's see... master EVI player, great programmer and musician all rolled into one. Very impressive. The versatility of the group with only 3 pieces is great to. Thanks for sharing the CD with me. I really enjoyed hearing Winelight!" - Mark Hatch, EVI Pioneer
"Hi Matt -- Many thanks for the CD! I'm enjoying it! As I listened to 'Winelight' featuring you on the EVI, I was immediately taken with your complete technical command of a tricky trumpet synth I've been trying to tame since 1983. Your range of expression and the total ease with which you get around the instrument is something to behold. My compliments to you, Ken and Jeff for a job well done! Thanks again, Matt. You're a helluva EVI player!" - Mike Metheny, Trumpet and EVI recording artist, instructor, author
"Thanks Matt! I am up late tonight, excited to get the EWI. I have been listening to you on your website and on YouTube... man you play your @*&^ off, and your sounds are so damned great. It is an honor to call you my friend. You have taken the technology and the artistry to a new level... I mean that, too. Keep up the brilliant work... We who started at 'Kittyhawk' with the EWI are proud that you are now flying a 'Lear Jet'. Also, I am going to have to get the Yamaha chip for the VL70-m! All Best." - Doug Norwine, Pioneering EWI player, studio sax and EWI wizard (The "Real" Lisa Simpson Sax player), 12 Gold and Platinum records
"I enjoyed you're playing. Thanks for the CD, it's a pleasure to listen to you." - Rolando Gingras, EVI Player / recording artist- Santa Barbara, CA
"Hi Matt. I have wanted to let you know how excellent your work is. Your jazz chops are just so cool. You really have some taste and maturity in your playing and it's so cool. EVI players are rare of course, but ones I enjoy listening to at all are all the more rare... and you are in an even more exclusive group... a wind syntheist that can seriously swing for real. Such great stuff. I have listened to your music quite a bit. There's so much good in there but my favorite is what you do with the sawtooth simple analog wave on the Crumar. You totally know when to use the true analog and your inflection is INCREDIBLE. My wife and I listened to your CD in our car, cranked it up for a nice drive. For the longest time I was like... I think... this may be the VL.. but... And finally I knew but I must say... what an amazing emulation and performance. You really have learned how to program that VL and modulate it just right. Just excellent stuff. One of these days I'm going to need to buy one of your custom chips for my VL70-m. I needed to just let you know what a great artist you are. Thanks so much! Take Care!" - Mark Steiner, EVI player, nephew of EVI/EWI inventor Nyle Steiner
"After the devastation of Hurricanes Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne I was left without electricity, water, and very little phone service for a couple of weeks. During the recovery period I received a nice present from Matt Traum, a CD of his music playing the EVI with a keyboard and drum player. Without electricity, I couldn't listen to it, but appreciated the gesture. Well, our power has been restored, so I put Matt's CD into the player, and I was delighted. The music is great, and Matt's EVI playing is wonderful. I've purchased CDs from major jazz artists that weren't this good. This is definitely world class music, and the wind synth playing is top notch." - Bob 'Notes' Norton, owner of Norton Music, Fort Pierce, FL
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your latest. It sounds damn impressive" - Andrew Batchelor, recording artist Tangent Records, Columbus, OH
"We were listening to this and we're floored. We love this little group. I think it's a wonderful group. I tell you, that kid Traum really, really has a handle on that instrument. Just really cool stuff." - Jerry Bruno, Jerry Bruno Productions Talent Agency, Cleveland, OH
"Thank you very much for the Winelight CD. Your playing is terrific. Nice work. Your treatment of the Beatles tunes are superb. Overall, a great 'Smooth Jazz' sound that should be very marketable. I thought you guys sounded very polished." - Steve Anderson, EVI Virtuoso, The EVI Zone
"I wouldn't drive across town to hear some of the better acts that come to Kalamazoo, but I would drive to Ohio to hear you. What a pleasant surprise to get your CD. You guys blow away groups with many more pieces. It is impossible to pick any one favorite. To me there isn't a single tune on the CD that isn't hot. Your keyboard player is phenomenal, and the drummer kicks. As a group you are one lean, hot and very tight musical machine. I would love to come and hear you live." - Bob Hunt, Endless Summer Band, Kalamazoo, MI
"I was so surprised and pleased to have your CD come along. It is a wonderful piece of work. I complement you. You three have a great ensemble sound. Your mastery of the instrument as well as the Jazz style is evident. I will listen often and enjoy what you have done. You are a model for me. Thanks for the CD." - Steve Ehrhardt, Saint Louis, MO
Q. What is that thing that guy is playing?
Q. If it's like a trumpet, why do I hear a saxophone?
Q. How can it sound so real?
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