A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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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On initial listens, I enjoyed this album's playfulness, inventive uses of sounds,and progression from funky to intense over the course of the album. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by J. B Forgione
If you like groups like matmos, autechre, aphex twin, boards of canada, squarepusher or any other type of abstract electronic music, you will enjoy Parka. Read morePublished on July 14 2002
I tend to refrain from using the phrase "concept album" because it is the same thing that critics labelled Ok Computer by Radiohead, which is certainly NOT a concept album, but... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2001 by chris.
Matmos first caught my attention when, on their "California Rhinoplasty" EP, they covered "Disco Hospital" by Coil, my personal favourite makers of music and... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by Bran Thorngrave
It is ingenious what Matmos does with sound... the samples they've recorded are turned into brilliant soundscapes. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001 by Charles D. Guerrero
Just came back from Bjork's concert in NYC (october 4th). Matmos did most of the background music and is really super live. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2001
everyone has mentioned the fact that matmos utilize samples taken during cosmetic surgery to make this album. however, in my opinion they mention it too much. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2001 by gary spies
As a celebrated cynic among my friends, I have grown tired of electronic music in it's current form, all the trance, all the mediocrity. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2001 by E. Frampton