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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September 9, 2013

HIGH ZERO 15 Baltimore!

High Zero Logo


Please join us in Baltimore for High Zero. September 16th through the 22nd.  Four nights of improvised music. One night is great, two nights is intense, 3 nights is a little much, 4 nights is delirious, and you will be impatient with planned “normal” music for the rest of your life.

Also as a bonus, Saturday afternoon,  along with some other (amazing sounding) pieces by other folks Matmos will perform “Just Waves”, our chorale with electronics.

ALSO, Monday (16th) night M.C. Schmidt has co-curated an evening of experimental video and film that will illuminate, amuse, possibly educate, possibly hurt your eyes. The concept of the festival and addresses and times and prices (get the full festival pass) and the list of players are here:  High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music.  This thing changed our lives for the better, we couldn’t recommend it more.

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June 20, 2013

Aetheric Vehicle

Here is another video, this one to accompany  Aetheric Vehicle from  “The Marriage of True Minds”  set of music. This was a “live” video we tarted up some for late night home viewing.

Please watch full screen!

Matmos – Aetheric Vehicle from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

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May 30, 2013

The city of Chicago invites Matmos to the Park

THURSDAY JUNE 27th at 6:30 PM

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Millennium Park 201 E Randolph
Chicago, IL

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March 5, 2013

Here is a video I (M.C. Schmidt) made for our song Luminous Rings, part of the The Marriage of True Minds set of music.

I think the video looks better with “scaling off” (in the upper right hand corner of the Vimeo screen while it’s running and zoomed in) and, of course, without the menus and things.

It makes it smaller, but think of it as a magic postcard I sent you…about Tatiana’s psychic session.



Matmos – Luminous Rings from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

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February 20, 2013

“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel…but it isn’t daylight.”

Five years, 50+ Ganzfeld sessions later, we are pleased to announce
that the new Matmos album, “The Marriage of True Minds”, is at hand.
The recorded evidence of our psychic experiments are available in
double vinyl, CD and digital configurations. From Baltimore to Oxford
to Haverford to San Francisco to Whitefish and beyond, we want to
thank everyone who helped to make this album happen.

Support yer local “veteran sound scientists” (shudder) please purchase a physical copy!

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