June 26, 2014

Do jobs no boss stoops to do. Jog Brooms of Soot. Mop floors of shmoo.

Matmos travels to San Francisco and Los Angeles in the next few days. Please come and see us at Martin’s alma pater…

The San Francisco Art Institute on Saturday the 28th at 8.  We have talked our friend, artist and sometimes collaborator Nate Boyce into collecting some of the video work he has created for electronic super-genius Oneohtrix point Never and cutting it into a reel with Mr. Lopatin’s music. A never-before experienced treat!  Worth the price of admission alone!

As if THAT wasn’t enough…

Beforehand in the lovely SFAI “quad” overlooking Sutro Tower and the Bay Bridge (there really is no more attractive school “quad” in the world) there is a Beer Garden! Go figure. Not that we are playing a *particularly* beery set, but there it will be anyway, come early have a wurst und ein broetzel and socialize with us! Prost! Und so weiter.


Then we leave our friends in S.F.  and travel south to


Los Angeles where we may be seen on Tuesday the 2nd of July at  “Cinefamily” at   611 N Fairfax Avenue  Los Angeles  90036  at 7:30  with NEW VIDEO WORKS BY Electro-Acoustic Brujo John Wiese.

These sets will both be performed in QUADROPHONIC SOUND. We will be playing all new “pieces”, with the possible exception of Rainbow Flag, which is always fun to play.


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May 3, 2014

Supreme Balloon video and live version of song.

Here is the “show video” that we project when we play the song, Supreme Balloon, synced with a live version of the song from Toronto’s legendary Music Gallery.
I thought this was a good rendition of the song to use in that we make miraculously few mistakes, and J Lesser’s manic modular synthesizer system adds a certain vim to the version.
As I always recommended the live audience, I recommend to you, the home viewer- focus on the center dot on the screen and don’t move your gaze until the video is over.
Please watch it full screen with a beautiful stereo system playing the sound. With your pony.

If it’s steppy in Firefox, I have found watching it in Safari (if you’re a mac user, I guess…) works better. It always seems to behave properly at magic postcard size.

Thanks to J.T. Marsh for hosting for us!


Matmos – Supreme Balloon – sound live at Toronto’s Music Gallery 2008 from James Thomas Marsh on Vimeo.

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March 7, 2014

Matmos – “alternately tactile and thunderously crunchy” duo will tour Europe in 2014 with Jeff Carey

We are most pleased to announce that we will be coming to the U.K., Deutschland, Danmark, Italia, España and France to sow peace, love and “a language of clicks, taps and zippy glissandi” as well as “serious music with a sense of fun”.  Perhaps we will also play  “brilliant sets building terse loops into overarching, evolving structures {which are} largely meditative and occasionally wry”!  Perhaps also, “noisy, rhythmical, humid, treacly stews of wonderful, gibbering sounds, rich textures and gleeful insanity”…but we’re not sure.

We are also VERY pleased to bring with us Jeff Carey, a fellow Baltimorean, who will purvey, according to the Wire Magazine: “musique concrete that has torn away from it’s formal academic origins. Deconstruction and assembly in nasty extremis.”  He may also show himself, as Jan St. Werner (the one with the beautiful hair) said once to be, “A master of granular synthesis, {with} the idea of an intense listening space seeming to be just right for Jeff’s radical approach to sound.” !!

Find out more about him here:

29/05/14    Bristol (UK), The Lantern (tickets)
30/05/14    Birmingham (UK), Supersonic Festival (tickets)
31/05/14    London (UK), Cafe Oto (tickets)
01/06/14    London (UK, Cafe Oto (tickets)
03/06/14    Heidelberg (DE), Karlstorbahnhof (tickets)
05/06/14    Copenhagen (DK), Jazzhouse (tickets)
06/06/14    Berlin (DE), NK (tickets)
07/06/14    Dresden (DE), Beatpol (tickets)
09/06/14    Venezia (IT), Spazio Aereo (tickets)
10/06/14    Bologna (IT), Biografilm Festival (free entry)
13/06/14    Barcelona (ES), Sonar Festival (tickets)
14/06/14    Bordeaux (FR), I-Boat (tickets)
16/06/14    Lille (FR), L’Aronef (tickets)

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February 11, 2014

Baltimore’s High Zero…

Apropos of nothing, except that a brilliant intern did a lot of work for us at the High Zero Foundation, and presumably you are a freak who wants to see and hear this sort of thing,  I want to direct your attention again to some of the amazing performance sonics that go on at our festival.  OK, OK, I’ll admit that I think I did a nice job mixing the sound on this, and editing the video in a sort of of-course-you-can-pay-attention-to-two-things-at-once cubist style…but it is these two players that bring the shine. Paul Neidhardt and Tom Nunn.



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November 30, 2013

Max releases Red Anxiety Tracers on Spectrum Spools

Our regular collaborator (and cover-star of The Marriage of True Minds), Max Eilbacher has an album forthcoming on the label Spectrum Spools.  Please purchase it, we need your help over here in Baltimore…and we give back.  A perfect Keingott gift for the space musique concrete/noise fan in your “family”. Below is his video advertisement for it. Can you spot Bernard Parmegiani?

R.A.T Spectrum Spools 2013 from maxeilbacher on Vimeo.

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November 7, 2013

SO PERCUSSION performing Dan Trueman’s Neither Anvil nor Pulley

Our lovely friends and frequent collaborators So Percussion have invited us to play with them at Carnegie/Zankel Hall in a couple of weeks. Please come see it!

We will be performing with So and premiering a ‘remix’ we made of DAVID LANG’s So Called Laws of Nature.

Saturday November 23rd.

Also, listen, look, there’s a very lovely video of them playing a newish album, which I just enjoyed listening to/watching, so I thought we should share it with you. Here:

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November 3, 2013

I was a teenage nihilist…Dr. Daniel at 19 made a fun comic for you.

Thanks to the archival discovery and scanning labors of Daniel Maron of The Abrupt Organization, the first blushing flower of Dr. Drew Daniel’s teenage juvenilia can now be re-experienced: a Christian Archie comic detourned as “Nihilistic Bourgeoisie”. Have a nice day!

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October 29, 2013

Knob Creek, Kentucky 1994

Knob Creek, Kentucky 1994

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October 7, 2013

Tremendous Film by People Like Us features Matmos and many others as sound-trackers. Full Screen, please!

GESTURE PIECE (2013) by Vicki Bennett from Vicki WFMU on Vimeo.

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September 26, 2013

Exploring the nebulous, cloud like, three-dimensional sound space at the center of four speakers. Does this space evoke comedy? Cavernous Terror? Reassuring Pastoral Birdsong? Inhuman Wire-Mother Bleeping? COME OCCUPY THIS CLOUD with M.C. Schmidt, Mark Hosler, Wobbly and Thomas Dimuzio ALIVE ALIVE ALIVE ALIVE ALIVE

Socializing with Mark Hosler, yes audio cut-up-legend-of-Negativland Mark Hosler the other day in Asheville, North Carolina,  M.C. Schmidt realized how much they have in common. On the other hand, not having  meaningfully socialized in 25 years, much was missing from his knowledge, for example M.C.S. had no idea that Mark plays a wicked solo “table top noise” set! This socializing was occuring at a show where Thomas Dimuzio was also playing…M.C.S. and the audience managed to prevail upon the two to play together, and it was staggering!

M.C.S. realized that electronic music fans, in cities OTHER (and as well as) than Electronic Music City, USA might enjoy seeing this combination of players separately and PERHAPS together again.

Selfishly, of course, M.C.S. wanted to play too, and having very much enjoyed his sets with Wobbly as part of Matmos and in improvising duos with him at the Red Room in Baltimore, and working on the album SIMULTANEOUS QUODLIBET with him, a foursome was made, a tour was booked, and YOU are the potential benefactor.

M.C.S.’ obsession with Q u a d r o p h o n i c  S o u n d  led him to convince the others to explore the sono-spacial benefits of this arrangement of speakers, and again, YOU are the real potential benefactor.  The difference between stereo and quadrophonic is like the difference, on a hot day, between standing in front of an air-conditioner and swimming in a fresh pool.

Please join us in the bottomless lake of sound, granted the ability to breathe underwater  – with your ears.

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BALTIMORE – Saturday, 12 October  THE RED ROOM – with Jaap Blonk and Jeb Bishop! (holy shit, if I do say so, look at that amazing line-up!) – 8:30PM

PHILADELPHIA – Sunday, 13 October  THE INTERNATIONAL HOUSE – click here for information

BROOKLYN – Monday, 14 October  THE SILENT BARN – 603 Bushwick – 8PM  with Brian Blomerth’s “avant” Nope!!!

PROVIDENCE – Tuesday 15 October  95 EMPIRE   8PM

AKRON – Thursday 17 October  RUBBER CITY NOISE    8PM  with Joseph Minadeo & Curt Brown / Thieves!

CHICAGO – Friday 18 October  EXPERIMENTAL SOUND STUDIO    8PM  5925 N Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60660

BLOOMINGTON – Saturday 19 October  THE REAM  8:30PM  1316 S. Walnut, Bloomington   with Kray Fanny and John Flannely presenting “double dueling pianos, in DIY Quadrophonic Sound”

ASHEVILLE – Sunday 20 October  APOTHECARY  9PM  39 S. Market St. B  Asheville, NC  with Xambuca

Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested.  Thank you for listening.

Hosler-Dimuzio-Wobbly-SchmidtSM Correct



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