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Matmos: Queer Assemblages (January 27, 2010)01:16:00

Heather Flood introduces M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel of Matmos, identifying them as an experimental music practice whose recent activities include an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art and a world tour with Björk. Schmidt and Daniel perform some of their music, which includes audience participation and pre-recorded video segments.

M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel perform some of their music, which includes audience participation and pre-recorded video segments. The video sequences range from the abstract forms to portrayals of burning skin, with sound samples corresponding to the on-screen segments.

Schmidt and Daniel discuss their use of the term “assemblage,” and acknowledge the influence of musique concrète, the process of creating music from found sound sources. Matmos then performs their recent work, “The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast.” They talk further about the issue of imposing coherence onto their assemblages. They identify the application of craft and pop sensibilities as a way to make their work more accessible.

Schmidt and Daniel answer questions from the audience. They discuss the editing and composition process in their work. Later, they elaborate on some of their collaborative work with other artists.