New Jersey based solo project of Matthew “m@ the c@” Morden.
The project began in 2005 after the release of the c@ album copy as an attempt to recreate the synth-punk sound of the late 70s.
As writing progressed, the original intention was supplanted by a melodic hybrid of cutesy pico-pico/shibuya-kei style pop, “extreme” metal influences, early 00s style digigrind, and predominantly 90s video game music style electronics with hints of breakcore, noise, and electronic punk.
Because the project is so often inaccurately pigeonholed into various sub-genres of electronic music, m@ has seriocomically adopted the terms “spazzpop” and “tweegrind” to describe the project.
“Fey-pop” (coming from an early review of the project) and “cat-wave” have also been used in passing.
The songs were initially rooted in MIDI sequenced synthesis, vocals, and occasional guitar or electronic noise, but has evolved into incorporating self-made-circuit-bent toys, pedal use, hardware sequencing and synths, the S-SMP chip, a host of different programs, and the manipulation of self-made samples.
Contrary to popular misconception, the vocals are not pitch-shifted and none of the music is borrowed or sampled from anything else.
In spite of the general DIY attitude, the project has been promoted exclusively through the word of mouth of supportive fans since it’s inception and through shows and touring, which were very rare until 2009.