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A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure

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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000059N62
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lipostudio.... and so on
2. L.A.S.I.K.
3. Spondee
4. Ur Tchun Tan Tse Qi
5. For Felix (and All The Rats)
6. Memento Mori
7. California Rhinoplasty

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Watching plastic surgery procedures requires a brave heart (or at least a strong stomach): It's equally chilling and fascinating to see the body cut open, invaded, and manipulated with cold machinery in pursuit of aesthetic perfection. Of course, there's a parallel between the way plastic surgeons reshape humans to conform to some ideal and the way other artists sculpt their ideas into something distinctive or beautiful. Matmos' fourth album A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure makes that connection in the most literal, explicit way: The duo, brave of heart and strong of stomach (and both doctors' sons), 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. Though the source material has been recontextualized into music, it doesn't escape its origins; you can take the sounds out of the surgery, but you can't really take the surgery out of the sounds. The jaunty "Lipostudio (And So On)" recalls Mouse on Mars' bouncy electronic pop, but realizing that the song's cheery-sounding squelches come from body fat being sucked through a tube makes for queasy listening. To the duo's credit, Matmos avoids making A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure grisly or gross; Andrew Daniel and Martin Schmidt approach the album's concept with their usual playfulness and an appropriately clinical detachment, resulting in some clever and surprisingly diverse songs. "L. A. S. I. K."'s surgical laser zaps and "Ur Tchun Tan Tse Qi"'s electrical acupunture pulses make for synapse-frying glitchfests, while "Memento Mori"'s brittle, percussive funk belies its beginnings as samples of scraping and tapping a skull. "Spondee" mixes a test for hearing-impaired children with a kinetic bassline and a house beat, turning it into a dance anthem for a doctor's waiting room; "For Felix (And All the Rats)," built out of the sounds from a bowed and plucked rat cage, is an eerie elegy for Matmos' deceased pet and labaratory animals everywhere. Best of all, though, is the ten-minute album closer "California Rhinoplasty," which wittily juxtaposes a nose flute against the disturbing but undeniably rhythmic sounds of crunching bone, cauterized tissue, buzzing saws, and pumping respirators. Though its concept is somewhat gimmicky -- a word long associated with Matmos' cut-and-paste mix of everyday and extraordinary sounds and more conventional instrumentation -- A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure's fascinating idea and engaging results prove that Daniel and Schmidt are two of electronic music's deftest sonic surgeons. - Heather Phares, All Music

À l'instar des maîtres de l'électro-acoustique Pierre Henry et Pierre Schaeffer, le duo que constituent les têtes chercheuses Drew Daniel et Martin Schmidt a toujours été passionné par le travail sur le son et sa texture. Dès leurs premiers disques, ces piliers du label expérimental FatCat samplaient des bruits bizarres comme ceux générés par le froissement d'un tee-shirt ou par un fumeur de cigarette ! La démarche, éminemment conceptuelle, rappelle celle du DJ Herbert comme les variations pour une porte et un soupir de Pierre Henry ou Yoko Ono. Pour A Chance To Cut Is Chance To Cure, ces trublions jamais à court d'idées ont décidé de rendre un curieux hommage à leurs pères, rsepectivement médecin et chirurgien. C'est donc dans les salles d'opération que nos chasseurs de sons sont allés capter la matière première nécessaire à leur album. Là, des bruits d'os qui craquent fournissent les éléments de la rythmique; ailleurs, un scalpel déchire l'espace sonore comme aurait pu le faire une guitare. Pas d'intellectualisation toutefois : les deux hommes sont des fans de dance et de Prince en particulier, aussi produisent-ils une musique qui réussit à être tout à la fois cérébrale et dansante. Björk, qui les connaît depuis leurs débuts (elle fut une des prestigieuses clientes de la boutique FatCat à Londres), les a sollicités pour Vespertine sur lequel figure également la harpiste noise Zeena Parkins. --Philippe Robert

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Format: Audio CD
Matmos was recommended to me by a guy in the record store after me mentioning my affinity for mixmaster, Herbert (Bodily Functions, Secondhand Sounds). After reading the reviews of Matmos'"A Chance to to Cut is A Chance to Cure," of course I had to check these guys out, and my findings were simply breathtaking. "A Chance to to Cut is A Chance to Cure" is an amazing concept album that at first listen will have you bewildered. Indeed, like most concept albums there's a theme and this one is one of making sounds outta stuff in the O.R.--Hey! Herbert did it with stuff around the house and bodily functions, so why can't these guys make music with stuff in the hospital? I was a bit distrurbed by the sounds of drills, lasers, gurgling and rat cages being rattled and plucked, but once the music came in, I was up movin' and gyratin' what my mama gave me. Songs like "Lipostudio...And So On", "Spondee" (my fave), "Memento Mori" and "California Rhinoplasty" are stand outs--However, I've yet to see or hear the relevance of the "For Felix" song--it doesn't go with the theme, but, hey, not all CDs are perfect.
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"A Chance To Cut is A Chance To Cure", the most recent album by San Francisco duo Matmos, released in the early months of 2001, has all attires and attitude of what could be perceived as the future of electronic music. Taking their influences from a bunch of very accurate and singular artists (Coil, Nurse With Wound, Brian Eno, Herbert, Autechre), the duo of Drew Daniel and martin Schmidt has come up with a record (their fourth) almost entirely composed from samples of surgical operations, eye surgery, autopsies, etc. However, when listening to the record, the raw material used for its conception is never obvious. It is only when reading the sleeve notes that the true nature of the sounds becomes clear. In weir way, "A Chance To Cut is A Chance To Cure", is a poetic record that challenges every cliché in the electronic music book. Matmos' work should be perceived as a true epiphany to those who strike to archive the success of both form and function, within the electronic music field. Their work is a genuine blend between house music and musique concrète, mixing the avant-garde's achievements and experiments with house music's more appealing and festive urgency. "A Chance To Cut is A Chance To Cure" levels John cage, Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry's "Messe pour le temps présent" and Herbert up to the same creative stage. By doing so, it has set new standards for the next few years' up and coming electronic producers.
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the fact that this album was made of largely of samples the duo got from plastic surgery escapades is a lot hype and doesn't really matter to me. the fact that its often silly to the point of making me want to throw up all over my shoes does. the one redemption is "for felix", which is a beautiful track and what, after seeing this performed live, caused me to be interested in the album. innovately played by bowing and plucking a rat cage, this is the only real track i feel isnt burdened by cliche sounds and rhythms and dull aesthetically challenged choices in the studio. so thank god i got someone to burn it for me, because i don't know if i could live with myself if i had actually paid for this. just to give you an idea how offensive this is, words like 'booty, train, cow, momma' are repeated in one track along with their accompanying soundeffects (a 'moo' for example) like an insulting mantra mocking your inner child (who remembers a toy much like this) for being tricked into buying this mockery of a cd. in the future maybe they should move things into the laboratory and concentrate on rodents and their accessories since i willingly admit 'for felix' is a great track and displays the potential and talent (or the casino luck) of Matmos.
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By A Customer on Jan. 14 2002
Format: Audio CD
Matmos' newest album, A CHANCE TO CUT IS A CHANCE TO CURE is pure genius. They did some background music for Bjork's newest release, VESPERTINE, and I must say, they are my second favorite band, after Bjork. Lipostudio...And So On is a song that encompasses bubbling, liposuction, and the repeat of "now i know how it fits...and so on," I rate it 5 stars out of 5 2. l.a.s.i.k. is a song that uses some sort of laser eye technique. At first, there seems to be no rhythm, but after a minute or so, the beats of laser eye technology start. 3 out of 5 3. spondee is a song for those of you who like club beat songs. it consists of two syllable words from a deaf school, and numerous noises from a faulty hearing aid detector. great song 5 out of 5 4. ur tchun tan tse qi is a song that uses little bleeps from an acupuncture detector, and is has whinning noises that tell you when the machine is nearing an accupuncture spot. very melodic 5 out of 5
5. for felix (and all the rats) is a song that was created from matmos' deceased pet rat cage. it sounds like ten violins at once, each a fraction of a second off from each other. it also includes one of the matmos guys plucking the bars of the cage to sound like deep, sharp bells 5 out of 5 6. momento mori is a very good song for listening to when slipping into sleep. it contains noises from the tapping of a human skull, and nerves and such. it is very soothing 4 out of 5 7. california rhinoplasty is a song composed from rhinoplasty and chin implants done in california, hense the name. it is a very layered song, and is exactly 10 minutes long. 4 out of 5 All in all, Matmos' A CHANCE TO CUT IS A CHANCE TO CURE is a great cd, which uses some of the newest and oldest technology to create a collaboration of man and machine. if you like BJORK, you will likely enjoy this cd.
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