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It’s a relief to encounter a composer who sets text with a natural speech rhythm instead of having the voice leaping up and down, distancing the words from the listener and it’s so good to hear music that reeks of isolation, conjuring up location and atmosphere. The Buzz of the Sea is very well written vocally and the dynamic range is appropriate and free of declamatory bombast. I wish that perhaps I was still in a position to program the work somewhere and allocate resources to it.

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What can I say? Working with Matt Dewey has been inspirational!!! A consummate professional – willing to listen and collaborate with me to the last hour – to squeeze out of this story every last drop of juiciness! His soundtrack is such a gorgeous compliment to the cut – providing masterful light and shade – and one of his melodies is so haunting that I find myself hitting “play again” just to hear it again. If you are ever looking for an incredibly talented composer, please check him out.

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Matthew has proven himself to be dedicated, extremely talented and reliable. I have no hesitation in recommending him and I hope to work again with him on future projects.

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Matt not only has incredible skill and talent as a composer, he is also a joy to have as part of a collaborative team. After 25 years in theatre, I know how tricky it can be for composers to find the balance between their desire for a perfect musical composition and ensuring that what they write serves a production without compromising quality …Matt gets all this and delivers every time.

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Matthew Dewey was the Sound Designer for the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s very successful productions of I Am My Own Wife in 2009 and Don’t Think Twice in 2010. His designs were perfect for these productions and enhanced the works without in any way interfering with the Director’s vision. Matthew was very professional in all his dealings with the company, delivering on time and always prepared to try something new with a minimum of fuss. I would not hesitate to contract him as a Sound Designer in the future.

Kelly Ottaway

Matthew is a gifted composer that has no problems in working within various fields, different styles and genres as well as working to a tight schedule. The music that Matthew writes is evocative of many emotions and he always receives positive reactions from the listener. I have no hesitancy in recommending Mr Matthew Dewey.