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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Singing advice: If you like the sound of your own voice, you know your delusional.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Zen Teaching No.20 Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Zen Teaching No.19 We are born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our ass ... then things just keep getting worse.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Zen Teachings No.18 Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Zen Teachings No.17 Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Zen Teachings No.16 There are two excellent theories for arguing with women.... Neither one works.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Zen Teachings No.14 Good judgement comes from bad experience ... and most of that comes from bad judgement.
Zen Teaching No.13.... Don't worry; it only seems kinky the first time.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Our favorite kids store Beyond Pink & Blue has just launched it's new site, woohoo!!! Go check it out www.beyondpinkandblue.com
Zen Teachings No.12 Some days you are the bug; some days you are the wind screen.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Zen Teachings No.12 Some days you are the bug; some days you are the wind screen.
Zen Teachings No. 11 If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Band "The Ribbon Device" are playing an end of year show at The Hawthorn Hotel.
Thursday the 16th Dec 481 Burwood Rd Hawthorn. Cheese Mat

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Zen Teaching No.9 Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Zen Teachings No.7 Before you criticise someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticise them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Zen Teachings No. 6 If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments.
Zen teaching No.5
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Zen Teaching No.4
Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.
Zen teachings No.3
No one is listening until you fart

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

If anyone happens to cross paths with Mimmo, please tell him to give Mat a call.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sorry for all the long over due ribbon device news! Yes I am getting close to finishing the next album. Having trouble with band comunication, what's new! Will be playing some more shows with a new line up soon. In general busy busy busy but who ain't!
Early morning sitar practice

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Late last year we (The Ribbon Device) wrote and recorded the sound track for the short film "Trinkets". Written & produced by our good friend Robbie Studsor, here is a link to check it out: Part1 http://ping.fm/HGFgD Part2 http://ping.fm/elNUC

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Ribbon Device newsletter

Current mood: amused
Category: Music

Hi, hope you're all well!

Im still busy in the studio recording the last couple of
tunes for the 2nd full length Ribbon Device album.
Like anything worth doing its worth doing right and I dont
believe in doing a rush job, so thank you all for your patience!

Late last year The Ribbon Device scored & recorded the soundtrack for the
short film "Trinkets". Written and filmed by our good friend and very talented
Robbie Studsor.

You can check out this dark quirky master piece on you tube in two parts:
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kll84f4m7Sw
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXtN1g4YO94

Robbie also produced the amazing "Something Inside"
film clip which you can check out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4TSzyorhnw

We will releasing a couple of new tunes in the next month
and we will be playing at the Surrey Hills Music Festival
on the 24th of July. Will let you know the details closer
to the date, but if your keen to find out more about it you
can visit this facebook page.

Well that's all for now, take care & see you later down the track.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Not feeling the best. I think this is my first cold for the year.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I thought the iphone was fun! But Apple will get its butt kicked as soon as Nokia start making this cool device! YouTube - Nokia Morph Concept (long) http://ping.fm/zT83G

Friday, May 21, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The official "Ribbon Device" website is back up and running! WOOHOO http://ping.fm/VFpu6
My wife (Monica) has a MASSIVE SALE going at her online children clothes & toy store "Beyond Pink and Blue". Here is a link for ya!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Back in the studio working a new Ribbon Device Song titled "Orbita". Looking like I will end up releasing 3-4 different versions of this song.
Live music 'not tied to violence'
Er dah!
Been trying to get in contact with The Ribbon Device's bass player (Mim) since Easter. Constantly sending him emails, Sms, phone calls on a daily basis and still not getting any where. Maybe Im missing something? Anyone got any suggestions?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Currently eating roasted cocoa beans from

Hardcore chocolate for the hardcore chocolate lover Grrrrr!!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Did Brian Waldron masterminded the country's biggest case of sporting fraud?
Well he was also my Teacher in year 7 and here is my school picture. I am in the back row far left left corner next to, well known UK DJ, DJ Anthony Papa.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

We're number 3 on the ReverbNation Alternative charts for Nth Balwyn, VIC, AU. Help us get to No. 1 and knock Missy Higgins off her perch!!! Listen to us at www.reverbnation.com/theribbondevice

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Ribbon Device are the featured artist on
the indie music site Noisehead, woohoo!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wow, Carl Williams is dead, who didn't see that coming.
I huge shout out to Cruze Cruzer and his radio show www.radiofreecruze.com for supporting us (The Ribbon Device). Thanks Cruze!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Wow, our song "Young & Beautiful" just jumped 10 places in two days on the ReverbNation National Charts. We currently rank No. 17, please help us get to No.1 by coming and having a listen!!! Cheers Mat & The Ribbon Device http://ping.fm/ivZ4q?genre=all&genre_geo=Global

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hi All! Our Song "Young & Beautiful" is racing up the Reverb Nation Charts, we are currently in Ninth position locally!!! Please support us by giving us listen. Here is a quick link to check us on the charts.
Cheers Mat & The Ribbon Device

Sunday, April 11, 2010

in the studio working on Delta 9, new Ribbon Device track

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

If this film doesn't make you sit up and take notice of earth hour, then we are all DOOMED!!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Anvil! The Story of Anvil, one of the best films Ive seen in ages! http://ping.fm/liUHn
With a heavy heart I heard that Mark Linkous aka Sparklehorse died, take a moment and listen to this beautiful man Sparklehorse feat. Nina Persson - Gold Day http://ping.fm/58cTY

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Oh yeah baby I want one of these! WHY yacht | Ultimate luxury: the floating island http://ping.fm/5XRF3

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Free Web Hosting, Whats not to love!- Free PHP Hosting, MYSQL, FTP, Ad-Free and Free Domain Names - Zymic http://ping.fm/0nRfZ

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Yo momma's so ugly,
they didn't give her a costume when she auditioned for Star Wars.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Guitar student songs

When im not writing and recording Ribbon Device material
Im teaching guitar, bass, piano, drums, songwriting and
recording skills to a bunch of young & inspired musicians.

During lessons I like to, not only teach my students how
to master their instrument, but also how to write and
record their own material.

So let me introduce to you three very talented students
and give you a chance to listen to their material.

Firstly there is Tom Whelan. Tom is a guitarist/
songwriter his style is a cross between the Pixies, AC DC
and Sci fi. The amazing thing about Tom is that he is only
10 years old! We can only wonder what he will be writing
when he is 20! Click here to check out Tom Whelan's
look to the right of the page under Mat Creedons
Guitar Students.

Next is Rory Alexander. Rory has been has been
studying with me for about 5 years and his skill as a
guitarist is amazing! Rory's songwriting style is melodic
rock and it certainly shows in this piece titled "Hostility
Prevailing" Like Tom, Rory is only 14 years old, amazing
stuff! Click here to check out Rory Alexander's work.

Lastly is Imogen. Imogen is one of my mature students
who is now working as a music thearpist. I had the great
pleasure of helping her produce her first album. Imogen
has a beautiful intimacy to her sound that really shines
on her track "The Lizard". Click here to check out Imogen's work.

How to make a hothouse out of old CD cases with out glue!

A little while ago I needed to make a hothouse to get my
seedlings growing during the winter months. Being a
green friendly and frugal kind of a guy Istarted to look
around the house to see what I could reuse or recycle.

Months earlier my wife and I condensed our CD music
library by up loadingit onto our computers and then
taking them out of their plastic cases. Of course we have
a large collection so naturally we had a lot of useless
plastic cases now lying around.

It then dawned on me that the plastic CD cases where
perfect for the job. The clear plastic allowed plenty of
light and the space in between cases would trap the
warm air.

The only problem to solve was how to connect them.
Obviously sticky tape or glue would be fine for the job
but having played with plenty of lego as a child I knew
there was a better way.

The CD cases are easily connectable using their simple
door hinge design. All you do is take out the CD tray
(where the CD sits) and... Hang on just the watch the
youtube and you can see for yourself.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

You have to spend money to make money.

What's that old saying, you have to spend money to make money.

Well yeah I guess that might be true and with that thought traveling
around in my head I walked straight into deal full of half truths
and people saying things that were to good to be true.

Being naive I fell for that old trick "don't worry just write it off
on tax". What they don't tell you is that if you business isn't making
any money then you wont see a cent until it does.

Then as you buy one thing they just keep coming back a telling you
that what you paid for was not their whole service just the membership
and now you need to fork a couple of thousand more for the book keeping

And when you tell them there is nothing, they ignore it and keep
sendingin other business looking for more meat to pick from the

So now Im in debt up to my neck and I cant believe my stupidity.
Im now wondering what I can do if anything to regain some of that
money back.

For the time being Im working as a pizza cook and delivery to keep
the wolves from the door.

I still have plans to get back out there this year and play some
Ribbon Device shows and finish the second full length album. Yet
for the time being I think its nose down and make money.

Im still looking to make a living from my craft but its not like
there are jobs for songwriters & composer's. Well maybe there are
and Im not looking in the right place's.

So in conclusion I apologies for the distance between Ribbon Device
tracks and I wish I was back in the throws of writing and recording.

But for the moment Im happy to keep busy and not think to hard about
time being wasted.

If anyone knows of any paid composing jobs please let me know!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I dread the summer holidays, why I hear you ask?
Well for me work stops and so does the weekly paycheques.
And this summer I had really got myself into a bad position.
Just before christmas I maxed out my credit card opening
a new online store, hoping to get some pre christmas sales.
I should have known, there is no such thing as fast money.

So with hungry mouths to feed I hit the streets busking with the sitar
(strange looking Indian version of the guitar) and a 15watt
pignose amp. The sitar attracted lots of attention as I had hoped,
lots of people wanted to know about this exotic looking instrument
yet gave little in return.

I soon realised buskers have come along way since I was a
14 year old playing christmas songs at the local supermarket.
Most professional buskers work with a car battery powered PA
system, a lot more powerful than a 15 watt amp I can tell you.
And they have a money making repertoire honed over years of
trial and error. These buskers know what they are doing!

So with no money to spend on a bigger sound system I set to work
honing a repertoire and by luck I found a gardening job to feed us.
Sadly by the time I had memorised a handful of songs I was back at
work. Determined not to let the repertoire go to waste I recorded a
youtube version of Imagine by John Lennon on the sitar.

So here it is and please tip generously!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

New song Buffalo Bug

We are proud to announce the grand opening of our own online music
store "Buffalo Bug". Woohoo! We have added more inspired books
on music, instruments and studio gear than you can poke a stick at!
And because we dont have to pay rent on a shop front everything is

cheap, Cheap, CHEAP! Sorry did not say that loud enough, CHEAP!!!
Check it out by clicking on: Buffalobug.com

While you are there checking out all the cool stuff you might as well
check out the new Ribbon Device song (cough, jingle) "Buffalo Bug".
Inspired by our last trip Geelong, where all we had to listen to was
a jammed tape in the cassette player. One side Led Zeppelin the other
side Ravi Shankar.

1. Check it out by clicking on "Buffalo Bug"
2. Scroll down to find the The Ribbon Device widget
3. And click on the song tab.

Also for those of you who will be in the city of Melbourne over the summer holidays,
I will be sitar busking around South Bank and Swanston St. So dont be a stranger
be sure to tip generously! Haha

Cheese Mat