Mats Lindström is the studio director of the legendary Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm. His most recent work, МИГ (“MIG”), was released in 2012 on Ideologic Organ, the Editions Mego sublabel headed by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley.
Lindström is a composer and a musician who works with strains of live electronics, integrating mixed media, scenic elements, and the visual arts. His work has been presented in the context of concerts, theatre, and dance performance, as well as radio art and sound installation.
MIG was originally commissioned by the PRO ARTE Foundation for St Petersburg's JSC Klimov Aviation Engines Museum. The acousmatic work is “populated by metallic clangs, judders, and drones distinctly evocative of aeronautics, engineering and the inner life of machines). The two-part IBM recorded at Stockholm's EMS Elektronmusikstudion, continues the theme, Lindström wrenching considerable drama out of what sounds like an array of vintage motor engines being tested to their limits; but it's the brace of 'ONE' pieces that we can't get enough of - more obviously rhythmic, anchored by sub-bass detonations heavy enough to make even a pair of iPod earbuds vibrate, they put us in mind of Pan Sonic, Monolake and Nurse With Wound. 'Children Of Paradise' is a nightmarish, Penderecki-esque piece for string orchestra, and 'Give Us The Tools And We'll Finish The Job' riffs on Churchill's speech to surprisingly poignant, disorienting effect” (Boomkat).
Formerly an engineer in the electronics industry, Lindström has designed and constructed a number of unique electronic musical instruments and apparatuses. He has been a member of the Fylkingen society for new music and intermedia since the 1980s, and worked as producer for the society from 1992-95 and as its president from 1998-2000. He also served as festival coordinator for the Stockholm New Music festival from 2002-2003.