Other Compositions


Below is a list of works that Matt Ottley has composed music for.

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness is Matt’s largest multi-modal project to date, weaving together the worlds of literature, music and visual art in the story of one boy’s journey into mental illness. Through this project Matt hopes that readers and listeners will be offered a visual and auditory experience about beauty and resilience, society and belief, that at its heart expresses hope for a greater understanding and embracing of difference.

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness is a work for adults/young adults containing 74 artworks and a 50 minute musical work and is published by One Tentacle Publishing. Click here for more information and samples of the music.


A 40 minute ensemble work with accompanying images/animations produced by Matt, along with additional text and lyrics by Rebecca Young, was commissioned by MusicBook Inc for its launch at the 2017 Perth Fringe Festival.

The music for Teacup is scored for a chamber orchestra (piano, violin, cello, double bass, electric organ, pre-recorded natural sounds, a Baroque recorder quartet, two singers and a narrator). The accompanying images, both still and animated, are based on the oil paintings in the book. The whole is a dynamic, multi artistic experience that further explores the themes of love, grief, fear, awe and great joy that are expressed in the book. At times the music is tranquil, poignant and reflective, at other times wild and exuberant.

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Requiem for a Beast

Requiem for a Beast was Matt’s first multi-modal work, scored for chamber orchestra, two singers and a narrator. It was published in 2005 by Hachette Livre/Lothian and featured a CD accompanying the book.

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Below is a snippet from the fourth movement of Requiem for a Beast.

Name: Exerpt from Pie Jesu
Artist: Hester Hannah soprano, Elandra Ensemble
Album: Requiem for a Beast

King Hit

In 2007 the album King Hit was released by Interactive Publications. It is a collection of poems by Stephen Oliver, set to music by Matt. Most of the tracks are poems recited by Stephen, with a couple of tracks sung by soprano Hester Hannah. The musical accompaniment for the album covers a wide range of genres and styles from classical to rock to blues/jazz.

Below is an excerpt from King Hit

Name: A Simple Tale
Artist: Stephen Oliver voice, Matt Ottley oud
Album: King Hit