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February 17, 2011

UMBC Presents a Performance-Demonstration by "Matmos"

Wednesday, March 2, 12:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Recital Hall

Contact: Tom Moore
Director of Arts Management

MatmosThe Visiting Artist Lecture Series and the InterArts Series present Matmos, comprised of musicians M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel. Currently based in Baltimore, the duo 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, contact microphones on human hair, the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun, a five gallon bucket of oatmeal, etc. These raw materials are manipulated into surprisingly accessible forms, and often supplemented by traditional musical instruments played the group's large circle of friends and collaborators.

Since their debut, Matmos have released more than eight albums. 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. Their most recent albums are collaborative: Treasure State, a collaboration with the Brooklyn based quartet So Percussion (May 2010, Cantaloupe Records) and "Simultaneous Quodlibet", a collaboration with Wobby and Lesser (October 2010, Important Records).

Admission is free.

Public Information
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Online campus map:
• From I-95 between Baltimore and Washington, take exit 47B. Follow Route 166 toward Catonsville. Turn right on Hilltop Circle and proceed to public parking.
• From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and left on Hilltop Road. Turn right on Hilltop Circle and proceed to public parking.

Posted by tmoore at February 17, 2011 4:03 PM