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.