Octant can be described as a one-man band featuring mainly acoustic robotic musical instruments that back me up like a player piano as I sing. It is the solo musical project of Matthew Steinke that incorporates a great deal of my visual art and music. I have produced robotic art installations and performances, animations, paintings, drawings, poems, songs, and music in various forms over the past 20 years.
Mathew Steinke is an alchemist. In a era of multimedia works created by collectives and art stars with workshops of hirelings, Steinke has the ideas, the skills, and the work ethic to operate as a scrappy, no-budget demiurge. His dense, funny, haunting installations and performances feature everything from animatronic puppetry and meticulous animation to interactive homemade kinetic and sound apparatuses. Each piece offers an incomplete glimpse into an evocative, elegant, claustrophobic cosmos. -Bert Stabler