Just ahead of Thrill Jockey’s 20th Anniversary, the label have announced the addition of experimental electronic duo Matmos to their roster. The timing is apt, as Matmos members M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel will also be celebrating their own 20th Anniversary as musical and romantic partners.
To celebrate, Matmos will be releasing ‘The Ganzfeld’ EP on October 15th ahead of the duo’s forthcoming 2013 album ‘The Marriage of True Minds’.
The forthcoming EP features two new Matmos tracks that are explicitly based upon psychic session material, and a throbbing minimal techno remix by RRose of the Matmos song ‘You’. Careening from widescreen electronic pop to eerie choral music, the results are eclectic, fun, and disorienting in equal measure.
The EP and the forthcoming album have the same conceptual basis: telepathy.
For the past four years the band have been conducting parapsychological experiments based upon the classic Ganzfeld (“total field”) experiment, but with a twist: instead of sending and receiving simple graphic patterns, test subjects were put into a state of sensory deprivation by covering their eyes and listening to white noise on headphones, and then Matmos member Drew Daniel attempted to transmit “the concept of the new Matmos record” directly into their minds.
During videotaped psychic experiments conducted at home in Baltimore and at Oxford University, test subjects were asked to describe out loud anything they saw or heard within their minds as Drew attempted transmission. The resulting transcripts became a kind of score that was then used by Matmos to generate music.
If a subject hummed something, that became a melody; passing visual images suggested arrangement ideas, instruments, or raw materials for a collage; if a subject described an action, then the band members had to act out that out and make music out of the noises generated in the process of the re-enactment.
In order to facilitate the recreation of the exact perceptual circumstances of the original test subjects who participated in Matmos’ Ganzfeld experiment, Thrill Jockey has teamed up with audio manufacturers InCase to release a limited edition of “The Ganzfeld EP” in a special individually signed and numbered box in which each copy of the vinyl or CD will be accompanied by a pair of InCase headphones and a pair of opaque white eyeglasses.
Forthcoming Tour dates
Sep 13 Baltimore, MD
Sep 15 New York, NY