Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Vague Terrain

Matmos - Enigma Machine For Alan Turing

Matmos was the living liquid underneath the city of Sogo in the film Barbarella.

Matmos is a group at whose core is Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt. Matmos make intricate music using amongst other things amplified crayfish nerve tissue, water hitting copper plates, a $5.00 electric guitar, liposuction surgery, chin implant surgery, rat cages, frequency response tests for defective hearing aids, a steel guitar recorded in a sewer, electrical interference generated by laser eye surgery, Polish trains, insects, life support systems and solid gold coins spinning on bars of solid silver.

Oh yeah and Alan Turing's 'Enigma' machine.

Go to the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute website and download yourself the fantastic performance of 'A Musical Enigma - Matmos Meets Turing'. Those very nice chaps at MSRI offer a 2012MB (Yes two-thousand megabytes!) MPEG-2 720x480 resolution download for you to author your own DVD. How kind.

'Enigma Machine For Alan Turing' uses sounds made by an actual enigma machine. It’s clatters and rattles this way and that and the result is mesmerising. This is the title track from a 3 track EP that you could only get at the recent Matmos tour, you might be able to get hold of via the old Ebay, I dunno. However I certainly can recommend that you perhaps consider buying the last Matmos LP. 'The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast' I for one just can't get enough. Especially the clap of 'Rag for William S. Burroughs' which uses the very adding machines that the Burrough's family invented that were the first to provide the customer with a printed receipt. I have listened to this song more than any other this year through sun and rain, well mainly rain.

MSRI performace
Matmos Wikipedia.
Official site