Currently based in Baltimore, Matmos formed in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, and self-released their debut album in 1997. Marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music, the two quickly became known for their highly unusual sound sources: amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, water hitting copper plates, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, rat cages, tanks of helium, a cow uterus, human skulls, snails, cigarettes, cards shuffling, laser eye surgery, whoopee cushions, balloons, latex fetish clothing, rhinestones, Polish trains, insects, life support systems, inflatable blankets, rock salt, solid gold coins, the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun, a five gallon bucket of oatmeal.
Matmos | You
Since their debut, Matmos have released over eight albums, including: Quasi-Objects (1998), The West (1998), A Chance to Cut Is A Chance to Cure (2001), The Civil War (2003) and The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of A Beast (2006) and Supreme Balloon (2008). In 2001 they were asked to collaborate with the Icelandic singer Bjork on her “Vespertine” album, and subsequently embarked on two world tours as part of her band. In addition to musical collaborations with Antony, So Percussion, David Tibet, the Rachel’s, Lesser, Wobbly, Zeena Parkins, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, Matmos have also collaborated with a wide range of artists across disciplines, from the visual artist Daria Martin (on the soundtrack to her film “Minotaur”) to the playwright Young Jean Lee (for her play “The Appeal”) to Berlin-based choreographer Ayman Harper. Most recently, they have been part of the ensemble for the Robert Wilson production “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic”, featuring Marina Abramovic, Antony and Willem Dafoe. Their most recent album, The Marriage of True Minds, was released in 2013 by Thrill Jockey Records.
Matmos | Mental Radio
American composer and electro-instrumentalist Jeff Carey focuses on novel sound generation techniques ranging from feedback systems to non-standard synthesis. His electronic electro-acoustic compositions are the algorithmic expressions of structural potential where sound is elastic, non-linear, multi-dimensional, and part of an indivisible whole.
As an electro-instrumental musician he is a dedicated developer of custom synthesis software for live performance, making hardcore digital noise music with a joystick, a gamer keypad, and occasionally, an array of strobe lights or tube televisions. His computer based synthesis with gestural control combined with a no-safety-net aspect of performance, no overdubs and no backing vocals, makes his music totally physical and visceral.
Jeff Carey | Impulse
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Matmos & Jeff Carey LIVE
Friday, June 6th, 2014 | 21:00 CET
NK | Elsenstr. 52 | 2. Hinterhaus/ Etage 2 | 12059 Berlin/ Neukölln