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
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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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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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