October 7, 2017

Phase Chancellor — enjoy this obscurity from 2005 — Nate Boyce, J Lesser, M.C. Schmidt — 3 synths, no safety net

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January 21, 2017

Please come witness Robert Ashley’s PERFECT LIVES in Knoxville, TN at the BIG EARS Festival.

Here is a video I made to provide incentive. You might have noticed a very similar one earlier. The end is different. But not much.


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January 4, 2017

Matmos Sol y SombraSM

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November 26, 2016

Wash your cares away, for an evening.

California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, New Mexico, Texas.


The vocabulary of the Ultimate Care II, its rhythmic chugs, spin cycle drones, rinse cycle splashes, metallic clanks and electronic beeps are parsed into an eclectic syntax of diverse musical genres. The result is a suite of rhythmic, melodic and drone-based compositions that morph dramatically, but remain fanatically centered upon their single, original sound source.

In Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Seattle and Houston Texas, Matmos will bring their 40 minute work of electro-acoustic exploration to the stage, with specially prepared video made by Matmos with Jamie Burkhardt.

Feel like you are descending deep into the innards of the machine. The washing machine. Come out…clean.

But that’s not all!  Joining Matmos are two hand-picked other acts: Bully Fae (see post below) and Jeff Carey.  Both of these  short, sharp performances will be powerful worth-the-price-of-admission events in their own right.

December  4 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg [TIX]
December  5 – San Francisco, CA – Gray Area/Grand Theater
December  7 – Portland, OR – Holocene [TIX]
December  8 – Vancouver, BC – Western Front [TIX]
December  9 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project [TIX]

In Albequerque, NM somewhere around the 14th we will be at Corpus Arts performing a quadrophonic diffusion of new work. Durational, evening long.

December  17-18 – Houston, TX – Day for Night Festival ^ [TIX]

Note that in Houston, we WILL be performing Ultimate Care II, but of course, this will not be with Bully Fae and Jeff Carey.

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October 14, 2016


We know we’re in the middle of a fancy Matmos tour of Europe with “Perfect Lives” right now but we are also, occasionally, a record label called Vague Terrain. It’s mostly a vanity label but every so often we hear something completely gobsmacking and feel that we MUST share it with the world and this is one of those times. To wit, there’s an album called “Defy A Thing to Be” by BULLY FAE and in just 22 minutes it lays waste to queer poetics with sick flows and abstract noise-chops and tight creepy smiles. If you search in the aesthetic Bermuda Triangle between Nicki Minaj’s bars on “Monster”, Ariana Reines, and a Ryan Trecartin character, you will find Bully Fae. You can buy the album on Bandcamp as of TODAY.  We’re deeply stoked to say that Bully Fae will be appearing LIVE with Jeff Carey and MATMOS on our West Coast tour this December. For a short sharp taste of their tight-yet-abject style, check the video for “Elevator Pitch” linked below. Yeah it’s NSFW but c’mon you never let that stop you before.



Bully Fae – Elevator Pitch (lasséz-fairy forecast) from Bryan Collins on Vimeo.

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October 7, 2016

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September 27, 2016

December…Washing the Western Lands…

Those of you who live on the Western Coast of North America, see what we do with our washing machine, live!  The West Coast performances are opened by our friend, soundman, mastering engineer, recipient of prizes, Danish-educated in Sonology, comfortable and appropriate playing with death grind, but also with Matmos:   Jeff Carey.

December  4 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg [TIX]
December  5 – San Francisco, CA – Gray Area/Grand Theater
December  7 – Portland, OR – Holocene [TIX]
December  8 – Vancouver, BC – Western Front [TIX]
December  9 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project [TIX]

Matmos plays this insane festival, not, however, playing the Ultimate Care II :

December  17-18 – Houston, TX – Day for Night Festival ^ [TIX]




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August 10, 2016

Perfect Lives October/November 2016

just PERFECT LIVES logo wi M and DRobert Ashley Britt's Friend's poster....

Matmos performs 3 acts from Robert Ashley’s opera about life, death, reincarnation, the Corn Belt, Giordano Bruno and Buddy, the worlds greatest piano player with a string section, back up vocalists, and bespoke video work. This is a major event for us, and we hope that you join us for it.

15/10/16    Paris    Centre Pompidou    France

20/10/16    Krakow (PL)    Unsound Festival    Poland

23/10/16    London    Milton Court Concert Hall    United Kingdom

26/10/16    Lisbon (PT)    Teatro Maria Matos    Portugal

29/10/16    Nantes (FR)    Le Lieu Unique    France  @ SOY Festival.

01/11/16    Bari    Time Zones Festival    Italy

04/11/16    Metz    Centre Pompidou    France


“Short phrases repeated  massage the brain”

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June 30, 2016

The West – 1998

We have made available our 1998 album The West on Bandcamp. Please support us in our endeavor while adding this classic album to your digital collection. Includes original cover and liner notes.

“The sky is always the hardest part.”

Drew Daniel Kentucky '98

J Lesser M.C.Schmidt '89 Wyoming Steve Goodfriend '87? Chris Guttmacher



We’re not sure about this crowning glory business, but The West has been described as…

…a sun-bleached prairie-bound fandango, the San Franciscan duo of Drew Daniel and M C Schmidt pooled together traditional tropes and instrumentation for 1999’s The West. It remains the group’s crowning glory and closely follows the cross-pollinating template laid out by Chicago’s Gastr Del Sol on their wondrous Camoufleur album, released the previous year. …

-Spencer Grady, Record Collector Magazine

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April 13, 2016

Matmos brings Ultimate Care II to Europe BECOME CLEAN wash your sins away

01/06/16 Berlin (DE) Berghain Germany
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02/06/16 Copenhagen (DK) Jazzhouse Denmark
@ Distortion festival Buy Tickets
03/06/16 Oslo (NO) Blå Norway
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04/06/16 Aarhus (DK) Radar Denmark
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07/06/16 London (UK) Oslo United Kingdom
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08/06/16 Manchester (UK) Soup Kitchen United Kingdom
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09/06/16 Bristol (UK) The Lantern United Kingdom
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11/06/16 Hasselt (BE) Kunstencentrum BELGIE Belgium
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12/06/16 Rotterdam (NL) Worm Netherlands
@ Sound Fiction Festival Buy Tickets

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