Notes & Reviews:
Treasure State is a startling collaboration between two rogue American groups. So Percussion are renowned virtuoso performers of classical and avant-garde music for percussion. Baltimorean electronic duo Matmos are infamous for turning bizarre sound sources (from plastic surgery to live snails) into shuffling rhythmic pop. They are Musiqueconcrete oddballs, brought into the mainstream by their collaboration with Bjork. Bridging the gap from the conservatory to the laptop screen, Treasure State features a selection of So Percussion & Matmos compositions in which the ensembles reinforce each other's techniques and methodologies. The core of the record is series of studies based on everyday materials that are not generally used as musical instruments: ceramic planters, pails of water, aluminum cans and cactus needles. The result is a richly diverse yet highly listenable record that flows across a range of genres, sound sources, objects and styles to create an elemental American landscape.Notes & Reviews:
Pitchfork (Website) - "There seems to be no higher agenda at work than to discover how different objects sound when they are clonked with mallets or scratched or rubbed together, and this makes for an absorbing and refreshingly visceral listening experience."
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Works DetailsMatmos : Treasure State, for ensemble
- Performer: So Percussion
- Ensemble: Matmos
- Notes: This work was written in collaboration with So Percussion (1999 - ).
- Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary