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M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel
at Pitchfork Music Festival 2006
Background information
Origin San Francisco, U.S.
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts
Website Official Site
Members M.C. Schmidt
Drew Daniel

Matmos is an experimental electronic music duo originally from San Francisco but now residing in Baltimore. M. C. (Martin) Schmidt and Drew Daniel are the core members, but they frequently include other artists on their records and in their performances, including notably J Lesser. Apart from releasing nine full-length studio albums and numerous collaborative works, Matmos is also well known for their collaboration with Icelandic singer and musician Björk, both on studio recordings and live tours. After being signed to Matador Records for nine years, Matmos signed with Thrill Jockey in 2012.[1] The name Matmos refers to the seething lake of evil slime beneath the city Sogo in the 1968 film Barbarella.[citation needed]

Notable work

In 1998, Matmos remixed the Björk single Alarm Call. Subsequently, Matmos worked with Björk on her albums Vespertine (2001) and Medúlla (2004), as well as her Vespertine and Greatest Hits tours. In November 2004, Matmos spent 97 hours in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as artists in residence, performing music with friends, musical guests and onlookers. The live album Work, Work, Work, essentially a "best of" collection of the session, was released as a free download from their website.

Matmos gained notoriety for their use of samples including "freshly cut hair" and "the amplified neural activity of crayfish" on their first album[2] and "recorded the snips, clicks, snaps, and squelches of various surgical procedures, then nipped and tucked them into seven remarkably accessible, melodic pieces of experimental techno" for their album A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure.[3]

In 2011, Matmos participated in a programmed evening of events with the visual arts organisation Auto Italia South East. The event was produced in collaboration with record label Upset The Rhythm and included contributions from experimental electronic musicians Jon Wiese and Birds of Delay. Matmos have since collaborated with a large number of visual artists and arts organisations, including Cafe Oto and Metal.[4][5]

Personal life

M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel are also a couple, as stated in an interview in BUTT Magazine.[6]

Schmidt formerly worked as a teacher in the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Daniel successfully defended his dissertation on the literary cult of melancholy, directed by Janet Adelman at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently an associate professor in the Department of English at Johns Hopkins University.[7] This brought the band to relocate their home base to Baltimore in August 2007. Daniel also has a personal dance music project, The Soft Pink Truth. He is a contributing writer to the online music magazine Pitchfork Media, and wrote an essay about the Throbbing Gristle album 20 Jazz Funk Greats for the Continuum Books series 33 1/3. Both Schmidt and Daniel appeared in the Sagan music film Unseen Forces by Ryan Junell.



Year Album details
1997 Matmos
1998 Quasi-Objects
1999 The West
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Deluxe
2001 A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure
  • Released: March 13, 2001
  • Label: Matador
2003 The Civil War
  • Released: September 23, 2003
  • Label: Matador
2006 The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast
  • Released: May 9, 2006
  • Label: Matador
2008 Supreme Balloon
  • Released: May 6, 2008
  • Label: Matador
2010 Treasure State (with So Percussion)
2013 The Marriage of True Minds
2016 Ultimate Care II
2019 Plastic Anniversary


Limited edition


  1. ^ announcement on the official website (July 20, 2012)
  2. ^ Cooper, Sean (2008). "Matmos",
  3. ^ Phares, Heather (2008). "A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure",
  4. ^ Budzinski, N. "". Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  5. ^ Davis, N. "" Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  6. ^ BUTT Magazine
  7. ^ "Drew Daniel". English, Johns Hopkins University.
  8. ^
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External links


  • Burns, Todd L. Matmos RBMA video lecture session February 2010
  • Calvi, Danny and Jop van Bennekom Matmos Experimental Duo Makes Music and meets President at Hysterical Party." Butt Magazine 5 (Autumn 2005).
  • Decaycast (ed.). "Decaycast #002: Matmos Interview." October 15, 2006 (30 min., MP3).
  • Flanagan, Marc. "Aural Surgeons." Matmos interview. Artbyte Magazine, 2001.
  • Golden, Barbara. "Conversation with Matmos (Drew Daniels and Martin Schmidt)." eContact! 12.2 — Interviews (2) (April 2010). Montréal: CEC.
  • Mudge, Alex. Interview with Matmos Aural States blog. February 20, 2008.
  • Sheridan, Molly. Ultimate Concept: Deconstructing Matmos." New Music Box — "People & Ideas in Profile." Baltimore MA, September 14, 2008. Published October 1, 2008 (includes video).
  • Thorne, Jesse. "Your Brain on Music with Matmos and Daniel J. Levitin." The Sound of Young America, February 21, 2007.
  • Vivancos, Valérie and Rodolphe Alexis. "We’re a Half-Breed Music Mutant Thing." Vibrö. Paris, June 1, 2004.
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