February 19, 2016

Ultimate Care II is released. Please matronize a local record shop and purchase it.

All we can promise is,

“Musically, too, it’s beautifully realised, structured in movements which incorporate numerous different styles” and “an authentic sounding-board for quality electronic music.”  -MusicOMH  (UK)

Perhaps you’d like a guarantee of

“Repeated spins prove its musical merits…”  -London In Stereo

Everyone likes a sound work that…

“…is both high concept and instant appeal. No one else makes music anything like this, and I doubt anyone else knows how, or would have the wit to pull it off if they did”   -Dalston Sound

Perhaps you’d like to read some things we sort of said in ARTFORUM to convince you that you should own this artwork?

“Daniel and Schmidt have always been fascinated by texture, and here they focus on it intently, exploring dozens of ways that water can fall, slosh, churn, or hiss. During calmer interludes, drones move past as if floating through an amniotic sac.”  -Pitchfork


Or, perhaps you live in Whitefish, Montana, where I am not sure there IS a record shop. In which case you may order this artwork (and let’s keep in mind that  18 dollars is a pretty good price for an artwork) from


IN other news, we will be doing a short tour of the eastern half of the United States, and later Europe. But we’d like to say, that although you SIMPLY MUST come to these shows, what we really do best is make recorded sound works. The album is the important thing (to us). This is the experience we would like you to have…everything else is gravy. Enjoy our record.


Floristree Baltimore, MD w/ Bonnie Jones Tickets
Thalia Hall – In The Round Chicago, IL
National Sawdust Brooklyn, NY


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February 3, 2016

Max Eilbacher made a video for Ultimate Care II.

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January 22, 2016

M.C.S. in High Zero 2014

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January 6, 2016

M.C.Schmidt in High Zero 2015

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December 15, 2015

Most Wanted by Most Women!

The season of Ultimate Care continues with plunderiffic video by PEOPLE LIKE US made for Excerpt 5 of our new work, ULTIMATE CARE II.

Most Wanted

Please watch in a darkened room with one hand on a recently washed snuggie. Imagine your self being washed, lovingly.  Here is a new favorite toy:

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November 6, 2015

Please pre-order our major new work – ULTIMATE CARE II

We have worked very hard, placed mics just so, applied occult technologies, commissioned artwork and videos: the season of Ultimate Care has begun. Here is information about it, and how to order it, and some illustrations to help you understand.

UCII cover


Ultimate Care II is the new album from renowned conceptual electronics duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt). Recorded in the basement studio of their home in Baltimore, the album is constructed entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine. Like its namesake, the album runs across its variations as a single, continuous thirty eight minute experience that starts with the grinding turn of the wash size selection wheel, and ends with the alert noise that signals that the wash is done. Between these audio-verité book-ends, we experience an exploded view of the machine, hearing it in normal operation, but also as an object being rubbed and stroked and drummed upon and prodded and sampled and sequenced and processed by the duo, with some occasional extra help from an ultra-local crew of guest stars (some of whom regularly do laundry chez Matmos). Dan Deacon, Max Eilbacher (Horse Lords), Sam Haberman (Horse Lords), Jason Willett (Half Japanese), and Duncan Moore (Needle Gun) all took part, either playing the machine like a drum, processing its audio, or sending MIDI data to the duo’s samplers. 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 a visual analogue to the recording process, the artwork for the album is constructed entirely out of photographs of the machine in question shot in its natural habitat and then digitally manipulated by New York artist Ted Mineo. Lending trunk-rattling low end and sharp high frequencies, Rashad Becker mastered the album at D&M in Berlin. San Francisco motion graphics firm L-inc, who created the “Very Large Green Triangles” video for Matmos’ last album, “The Marriage of True Minds”, are slated to create a video to accompany Ultimate Care II. The duo will be performing in the United States and Europe to celebrate the release. The washing machine was not available for comment.

Thrill Jockey Records are our partners in getting this work to the world, please pre-order, with special incentives, here:

A short sharp excerpt is here:

Shinto Washer












sacred teacup




sacred tree

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October 16, 2015

M.C. Schmidt made a video with and for Max Eilbacher’s new work, “Subtle Scatter”.

If you would like to own a copy of this very limited edition vinyl record with cover art work by Kodi Fabricant, email   for information on how to do so.

I would appreciate it if you watched it full screen, all the way through, in a darkened room with your feet on a comfortable amount of warm clay.  It is about 10 minutes long.


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October 14, 2015

Matmos has a new album, of sorts, which is free!

If you happen to be in Southend-on-Sea in Essex, in England, this is more than an album, it’s a live interactive experience of sound and place. We made these pieces to be listened to on headphones in Chalkwell Park surrounding the Chalkwell House, home to Metal, a local arts establishment, there. You download this app onto your phone and then go to the park and follow the instructions provided by us.

If you DON’T happen to be lucky enough to live or be on holiday in lovely Southend-on-Sea, (and it IS lovely) you can also listen to these pieces by downloading the app and…figuring out how to listen to it…in “armchair mode”.  Experiencialate! Listensperience!

Go here:

It’s also at Google Play.

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July 30, 2015

More Matmos. Pleasuring your ear for the rest of 2015.



NEW YORK CITY   On Wednesday August 5th Matmos will play Lincoln Center Outdoors with Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo!


BALTIMORE    August 29th M.C. Schmidt and Jason Willett   DJ/perform DJing   “Windjammer” with Beach House, Future Islands and Dan Deacon and MORE! playing live.


SUSSEX, England     What we worked on during that residency in Southend-On-Sea should be available for experiencialating sometime in September.



OSLO      September 12th Matmos plays Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives”  in Oslo, Norway:


KRAKOW      September 17th  M.C. Schmidt reprises his role as John Cage in “45 Minutes for a Speaker” with So Percussion in Krakow, Poland.


BALTIMORE      September 21-27 M.C. Schmidt plays (and M.C.s) the 17th annual High Zero Festival of Improvised and Experimental Music in Baltimore.

Not JUST the festival, amazing in it’s own right, this year, but a set of sound installations by international sound artists, as well, “Sound Investments”…


INDIANA      October 9th Matmos plays the Wounded Galaxies Festival with Cyclobe and others, in Bloomington, Indiana …The Burroughs Century, Ltd. presents


JERSEY CITY     October 24th  “Ear, Nose and Throat” (M.C. Schmidt, Jason Willett and Max Eilbacher) play as an introduction for PEOPLE LIKE US / Vicki Bennet’s new video work “Citation City” at MONTY HALL the venue run by WFMU. Please buy tickets, and if you do so, feel free to buy them in advance with this service:


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June 14, 2015

matmos in the world – -

This summer sees us travelling around to make it convenient for certain people, the BEST people, in certain places to experience our sound work and world.

The special people this summer live in London-ish, England, Lisbon, Portugal, Braga, Portugal and Japan.



Starting June 15th we will be “in residence” at Metal, a gallery in Southend-on-Sea. We will create special site specific works to be experienced in the park there. It WILL be good enough for the people of London to get on a train and spend some time in the park there (and in the EXTRA-there we will create) eat a light meal and make it home before Game of Thrones comes on, or whatever.  It will be MUCH more convenient and enjoyable, of course, for the people who already live in Southend! At some point, as yet undetermined, we will do an informal artist-talk at Metal. Perhaps this would be a good day for people to come early, enjoy some of the there there and then hear us talk about it! We may also play live…no one is certain…it’s a residential…flow…right?      Matmos will leave Metal June 24th and go to


LISBON, Portugal.

On June 25th we will do a workshop:

and on the 26th we will play a concert:

We have not double checked these websites for their accuracy, so make sure sure sure before just assuming this is correct!


BRAGA, Portugal.

Matmos will play a concert on June 27th in Braga

and on the 26th we will do a workshop! We will talk about how we make “music” and why, and why we make the decisions we do.  If, perhaps you make electronic music of your own, bring it, maybe on a flash drive, and we can listen to it together and talk about it.

Then we pop back to London and will speak at Goldsmiths on July 1st…the details of this at the time of this writing are not worked out. I’m sure you and your pocket-computer could work it out together! Do come! We will talk, play sound work, and answer and ask questions.

Then we have a bit of time back in the loving sweaty arms of mother-Baltimore and then we’re off to



July 16 -25    Many venues, and kinds of venues, from bookstores to sweaty punk clubs, from private performances in love-motels to helicopter air-drops on the very very top of Mt. Fuji.  Some of these are LIES.  We will be salty AND sweet. Bruising AND massaging gently.  HOT, with pepper.  Matomosu!!   Almost all shows are WITH the gentle super genius of pain, JEFF CAREY!  But anyway, here’s the website:

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