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Matmos Does The Exploratorium

For Immediate Release:
February 01, 2005

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Matmos Does The Exploratorium

Situation Abnormal: Performances You’ll Never See on Broadway
At the Exploratorium on Thursday, February 10
McBean Theater, 8:30pm


Through March 2005, the Exploratorium presents Situation Abnormal: Performances You’ll Never See on Broadway, a once-a-month series of off-beat live performances in the Exploratorium’s McBean Theater at 8:30pm. Next in the series is Matmos, a duo comprised of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, famous for creating sound symphonies using an eclectic array of gathered sound, on Thursday, February 10, at 8:30pm. For reservations, call (415) 561-0308. Tickets to each event are included in the price of same-day admission to the Exploratorium ($12). This performance is co-presented by KUSF.

Using samplers, analog keyboards, field recordings, and guitars, Matmos makes atmospheric, idiosyncratic electronica. In their recordings and live performances, Matmos has used the sounds of amplified crayfish nerve tissue (from the Exploratorium, naturally!), the pages of Bibles turning, a bowed five-string banjo, slowed-down whistles and kisses, water hitting copper plates, the runout groove of a vinyl record, a $5.00 electric guitar, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, contact microphones on human hair, violins, rat cages, tanks of helium, a five-gallon bucket of oatmeal… you get the idea. Tonight they will use some or none of the above, in addition to video. Come prepared to participate in Matmos’s audiovisual adventure.

Matmos is the San Francisco-based duo formed by M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel. These artists take an unusual approach to contemporary electronic music, incorporating unexpected objects into the musical process. Recent projects include the completion of a musical soundtrack and sound design work for a BBC World Service radio drama adaptation of Bram Stoker’s horror classic, Lair of the White Worm, as well as the upcoming soundtrack for Les Invisibles, a French feature film. Matmos recently revived their record label, Vague Terrain, with the release of Unseen Forces, the debut DVD/CD by new quartet Sagan, comprised of musicians Blevin Blectum, Jay Lesser, Jon Leidecker and video artist Ryan Junell. Schmidt is manager of the New Genres Department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Drew Daniel, who has also released a solo record, The Soft Pink Truth, is presently completing his dissertation.

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Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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