Hi! My name is Matthew and I am a electronics and software engineer, recording musician, and proprietor of Extralife Instruments. I enjoy all things D.I.Y. and have lived in San Francisco since 2011. On this website I share some of my projects. You can find some of my hardware, software, music, and videos below.
I built a new studio desk based on the Platform Desk by Output. It has a monitor shelf, rack space for audio gear, and a sliding keyboard tray, with all plywood construction. I drafted the cutout plans in QCAD and then produced a tutorial video.
Super Sixteen is an open-source hardware sequencer for the Eurorack synthesizer format. I’m developing it on the Arduino platform and documenting my progress in a free video series.
Extralife is my ongoing musical project, with a focus on improvisation and DIY. I post regular videos on my Youtube channel, including many single-session live recordings and original tracks.
In August 2017, I traveled to South Carolina to observe the total solar eclipse. I brought with me an old Celestron C90 spotting telescope and my camera to see what I could capture. I was very lucky, as we found a secluded lakeside location to view the event and were just able to see totality before clouds descended on us.
Data/Debt was my primary musical project for about 5 years. Combining dark techno synths, french house sampling techniques and disco rhythms. I released 2 EPs and a spate of singles and remixes with Heavy Disco Records and others.
Muxcloud is a lightweight Soundcloud client, named after the late, great Muxtape, a progenitor of many streaming websites that followed. I built it both to serve my own interest as a user and as an exercise in learning React. It allows a user to connect their Soundcloud account and then listen in to their feed with a custom dashboard.
Muxcloud adds power-user features like filtering your feed for reposts, remixes, and long sets, allowing bloggers and others to find new music without digging through endless reposts.