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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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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