Here’s a free MP3 from experimental electronic duo Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) new remix of “A Bruit Secret Mix,” featuring string samples of the world-renowned Chiara String Quartet. The track is one of two from Matmos on composer Jefferson Friedman's latest album Jefferson Friedman: Quartets (New Amsterdam Records), who also created the string arrangements for Matmos' 2006 album, The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast (Matador).
If you’re not familiar, Matmos is known for their pop-leaning music soundscapes and have come to define a new generation of "found sound" artists, with collaborators including Björk, Antony Hegarty, So Percussion and J Lesser. The Chiara String Quartet has established itself as among America's most respected ensembles, lauded for its "highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing" (The Boston Globe), and currently serving as Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University. Composer Jefferson Friedman’s music has been hailed “impossible to resist” by The New York Times, which also says of his Quartets, “...they already deserve to be heard as classics of this decade."
And while I have Matmos on the brain, I figured I’d share this tune by The Soft Pink Truth—an older project (released in 1992) by Drew Daniel. Think trannies and cyborgs and cherubim and seraphim and ladies and gentlemen. I love it. The whole project came to be because Matthew Herbert bet Drew Daniel that he couldn't make a house record. Guess who lost?