Auto Italia, London, 19 May 2011, 01:00 — 01:00
Birds of Delay and John Wiese
Matmos, 2011, Birds of Delay and John Wiese. Courtesy of the artists.

An evening of live performances from Matmos, John Wiese and Birds of Delay.

Matmos, the experimental music duo from San Francisco, perform in collaboration with J. Lesser. Matmos started working together in the mid-1990s, making music from the sounds of objects, animals, people and actions, with audio samples ranging from plastic surgery operations to saliva on a singer’s mouth. As well as producing music, they explore the various social, political and economic contexts of sound through performance and collaboration. Matmos have an unusual and critical connection to sound, focusing on the content and potential of project-based audio experimentation. This expanded interpretation of sound stretches their technical and theoretical expertise to a multitude of contexts with collaborators including the Kronos Quartet, Björk and Erase Errata. They have taught seminars at Harvard, scored the soundtracks for five gay porn films, one pinball machine and a NASCAR television commercial.

The event also features John Wiese, a solo artist and serial collaborator from Los Angeles. His ongoing projects include LHD and Sissy Spacek; he has toured extensively as a member of Sunn O))) and recently performed at the 52nd Venice Biennale with artist Nico Vascellari.

Supporting are the London/Berlin duo Birds of Delay. Brought together through a shared love of power electronics and noise bands, Birds of Delay will be opening this evening of collaborative music.

The evening is part of an ongoing collaboration with record label and music promoter Upset the Rhythm, who have been creating their own community around DIY music since 2003. Through distributing artists’ work, releasing records and organising a formidable amount of weekly shows, they have gained a proximity and commitment to the scene that has developed around them. They have been working with Auto Italia since 2009 co-producing YES WAY, a festival celebrating grassroots music and art in the UK.

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Matmos Live At Auto Italia