Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Blip Blip Blop Blip...It's The New Matmos

How high am I ?

Remember Matmos's 2001 record 'A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure' with the club hit “Lipostudio (And So On...)” which paired the sound of human fat being sucked during liposuction surgery with screetching from the clarinet. That whole record was composed and elaborated on with samples from the operating rooms... a kick drum from the sound of bones being broken, "the droney buzz of human skin conducting electricity through acupuncture points".

The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast is the new record by the San Francisco duo. After reading the biographies of 10 different individuals, Matmos " re-enacted events from their lives... making songs out of the sounds of the re-enactments."

"The album features Matmos’s most extremist and gutsy sound design (the sound of semen, burning flesh, and the embalmed reproductive tract of a cow are all featured)"

Example 1: The Patricia Highsmith song was made as a collaboration with her favorite animal, the snail (they aimed a laser at a light sensitive theremin, and then got snails to crawl across the path of the laser, triggering changes in the theremin's pitch).

Example 2: the Darby Crash song is dark electronics made out of the sound of Drew Daniel crying out in pain getting burned by the Germs’ Don Bolles, combined with the noise of M.C. Schmidt shaving his head

The record is out in May from Matador Records

Matmos are genius.


Matmos - Roses and Teeth for Ludwig Wittgenstein (the Wittgenstein song is just an exploded view of a single paragraph from his text "Philosophical Investigations")

Matmos - Lipostudio (And So On...)


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