|Genres:||Electronic & Ambient|
|Tags:||electronic experimental idm glitch electronica avant-garde|
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Recognising a shared obsession with texture and rhythm, Drew Daniel and MC Martin Schmidt began recording together in 1995 after a honeymoon period of art-noise cassette swapping. Sound sources on the San Francisco, USA-based duos Matmos included a $5 electric guitar, amplified hair, breathing, bowls of water and bass sounds sampled from the amplified synapse of crayfish neural tissue. On the follow-up, Quasi Objects, also released on their own Vague Terrain label, Matmos credit sounds generated by manipulating a stretched wet latex T-shirt, source material gathered entirely from the human body, and a single sample of a phonograph needle skipping on the run-out groove of a vinyl LP whose name cant be revealed for legal reasons. The use of such samples may strike as a gimmick but Matmos manipulation of sound transcends novelty. Their recordings are innovative and engrossing,...