Penn Humanities Forum

Matmos: Performance and Conversation on Queer Noise

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Wednesday 4/13
7:00 pm
$15 General Public
$10 Students (with ID)

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Performance will be followed by a conversation on queer noise with Heather Love (R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor of English).


Experimental electronica duo Matmos have made albums using recordings of liposuction, rat cages, amplified crayfish nerve tissue, freshly cut human hair, and more. They have worked with innovative artists including Björk, Sō Percussion, and Antony Hegarty. Following their performance, M.C. (Martin) Schmidt and Drew Daniel will talk about their music, the challenges of collaborating as a couple, and the queerness of sound.

M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel formed Matmos in San Francisco in the mid-nineties, and are currently based in Baltimore. Since self-releasing their first album in 1997, Matmos have gone on to record more thane eight full-length albums, alongside a variety of EPs, singles and compilations. Several of those albums, including The Civil War, and Supreme Balloon were released on Matador Records, while their most recent album The Marriage of True Minds, was released by Thrill Jockey Recrods.

After working on Bjôrk's acclaimed album Vespertine they embarked on two world tours as part of her band. They have produced music for both films and the theatre, including Robert Wilson's experimental opera "The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic." In 2004 they spent 96 hours as artists in residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Drew Daniel is associate professor of English at John's Hopkins University, and a contributor to online music magazine Pitchfork. Both Daniel and Schmidt appear in Ryan Junell's short film about science and music, Unseen Forces.