About

Mattias Hållsten (b. 1997) is a Swedish composer and musican. His music explores auditory perception and the boundary between acoustic and electronic sound, utilizing different synthesis techniques and instrumentations combined with just intonation. In relation to this, he also works with the aesthetic and affective characteristics of different intonation patterns. His interest over the last few years in the Japanese court music Gagaku has led him to studies in the musical instrument shō, for the Japanese musician Ishikawa Ko. Hållsten has a master's degree in electro-acoustic composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Hållstens music has been presented, among other places, at Spatial Audio Week in Helsinki, Finland; Ung Nordisk Musik 2021 in Århus, Denmark; Luleåbiennalen 2020 in Malmberget, Sweden; and Skaiv in Stockholm, Sweden.

On top of his practice as a composer and musician, Hållsten is an active part of the music scene in Stockholm. Since 2019 he is the chairperson of music festival Sound of Stockholm, and he is part of the production team of Norbergfestival. He is also an active member of artist run performance space Fylkingen, and he sometimes writes for journal Nutida Musik.

Contact: hallsten [dot] mattias [at] gmail [dot] com

Photo by Selma Morshedi.