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Matmos are one of the most prominent experimental electronic artists working today, crafting work by creating new conceptual frameworks and immediately testing those frameworks’ absolute limits. For ‘Regards/Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer’ they’ve focused on another artist known, in large part, for doing the same.
Bogusław Schaeffer was one of the first Polish artists creating electronic music. In step with American contemporaries like John Cage and Morton Feldman, he worked across the boundaries of classical composition, electronic experimentation and radical theatre, in playfully form-breaking ways.
Matmos are not the first ones to recognize the power of his catalogue, from ‘Solo’ (a 2008 documentary that garnered numerous international awards), to the annual Shaeffer’s Era Festival (most recently celebrated simultaneously in Warsaw and Los Angeles), Bogusław Schaeffer’s work continues to inspire.
‘Regards/Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer’, however, was not just inspired by his work. Matmos were given access to the entirety of Schaeffer’s recorded works to use as they saw fit, commissioned by the prestigious Instytutu Adama Mickiewicza. They re-assembled and re-combined these recorded works with modern instrumentations in a way that only Matmos could, and what emerged is a composite portrait of the utopian 1960s Polish avant-garde and the contemporary dystopian cultural moment regarding each other across a distance.
Resemblage / Parasamblaž
Cobra Wages Shuffle / Off! Schable W Gurę!
Few, Far Chaos Bugles / Uff... Bosch Gra Wałęsę
Flashcube Fog Wares / Głucha Affera Słów
Flight To Sodom / Lot Do Salo
Tonight There Is Something Special About The Moon / Jaki Księżyc Dziś Wieczór...
If All Things Were Turned To Smoke / Gdyby Wszystko Stało Się Dymem
Anti-Antiphon (Absolute Decomposition) / AntyAntyfona (Dekonstrukcja Na Całego)