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July 6, 2008 10:53 AM   Subscribe

Matmos provides a song-by-song exposition of their synth-only* album Supreme Balloon, including explicit pics of the gear they used. Highlights include the Electronic Valve Instrument, the Coupigny, & everything else.

*Mostly - all sound sources were synths, some software controllers were used.
posted by univac (14 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh man, this is awesome. Thanks for posting it.
posted by nevercalm at 11:37 AM on July 6, 2008


This is an awesome link. If you ever want to see a great show, Matmos is a must-see...these guys go way beyond stereotypical "knob twiddling." You'll never see people having more fun playing balloons, dry ice, and snails.
posted by eraserhed at 12:01 PM on July 6, 2008


This is definitely very cool. Also just wanted to plug the new Matmos album as being quite awesome. I've always liked Matmos, but Supreme Balloon is the first album of there's that gels as an album, and not as a novelty collection.
posted by Alex404 at 12:53 PM on July 6, 2008


"Consider this revenge for all those Queen records whose liner notes said, 'And nobody played the synthesizer!'"

These guys... I like the cut of their jib.
posted by sdodd at 2:27 PM on July 6, 2008


Peculiar timing-- Drew just txted that they will be doing a live set tonite on Hollow Earth Radio at 6p pacific (couple hours from now.) So tune in if you can, I will be...

We have the original watercolor of the supreme balloon cover on our office wall!
posted by brianwhitman at 3:23 PM on July 6, 2008


Wait, so it's now avant-garde to play an album entirely on real synthesizers, as opposed to VST plugins?

Fuck, I'm old. Also, I hate software synths.
posted by greenie2600 at 4:13 PM on July 6, 2008


When I saw Matmos perform at UCI a few years ago the main instrument being used on the final song was one of the member's bare butt being slapped for percussion. The levels were breaking into the red on that one, let me tell you. I could not help thinking of this seeing that they have posted "explicit pics" of their "gear".
posted by d-programmers at 4:59 PM on July 6, 2008


Well, I really like the one myspace track I'm listening to - is anyone from here thinking of seeing them in a week or so in New York (or is it sold out?)
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 5:22 PM on July 6, 2008


The band's name is Matmos, but the album cover is MATLAB...
posted by tss at 6:04 PM on July 6, 2008


Yea!
posted by humannaire at 8:21 PM on July 6, 2008


woohoo! I just ordered tix for the july 19th show. Maybe i'll see some of you there!
posted by TechnoLustLuddite at 7:16 AM on July 7, 2008


Huh.

Does this mean that if I go to elaborate lengths to document, with photos and long discursive explanations about the gear involved, my next CD release, that I, too, can achieve this level of linkage and breath of the masses? I can even throw in a gratuitous image of a score of some lute music by a French music publisher of the late 17th century, if that will help ... I mean, for what it's worth, I've got two gigs coming up (New York and Boston) and could use the PR.
posted by aldus_manutius at 7:47 AM on July 7, 2008


aldus- Probably not... Altho, if you do write long explanations of the gear you use, i'd love to check it out. But that's because i have a bad case of gear-lust.

Also, giving away free digital copies of your album only gets you three-quarters of a million dollars in the first weekend if you're Trent Reznor.
posted by TechnoLustLuddite at 12:05 PM on July 7, 2008


your favorite band sucks
posted by scope the lobe at 9:21 PM on July 7, 2008


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