The lights go down. The audience goes quiet. The curtains go up. There’s something magical about the exact moment before a film starts to roll.
Everything seems possible; your head is swimming with anticipation. Reality – the daily drudgery, the constant struggle – fades away. “This is it,” you think. Matti Bye’s music is like a series of these highly charged moments. It makes you lose yourself, it makes you discover yourself. It takes your hand, it sets you free. And it’s damn exciting. Extraordinary music such as Bye’s does not fall fully formed from the skies. Since the late eighties Bye has been employed by the Film House in Stockholm (“a hive of film-related activity”) and there he has created, in his own words, a “private world of music”. A somewhat odd career by anyone’s standards, but a very fruitful one – it’s given Bye time to develop his own voice. And, as said, what a voice it is. The lights go up. The audience goes home. The curtains go down.