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Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure

MatmosAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Expanding upon the ambitious premise of their “Ganzfeld EP” , Baltimore based electronic duo Matmos will release their first new full length album in five years on Thrill Jockey records: “The Marriage of True Minds”.

Matmos are known for making toe-tapping rhythmic pop out of odd and unusual sound sources. They have always worn genre loosely, but it’s safe ... Read more in Amazon's Matmos Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000059N62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are sounds inherently... icky? May 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
You've played songs on your teeth before. Admit it. Everyone has. You'll get bored, start fiddling with parts of your face, and end up clicking your teeth with your fingernails, making rudimentary percussion versions of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" or something by opening and closing your mouth to change the pitch. Well, apparently Matmos likes doing this too, and that's essentially the idea behind A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure.
Forget for a moment that they went out of their way to record some of the most morbid objects for their songs and appreciate the fact that Matmos can use complete non-instruments and coax some of the most musical sounds from them, and make textures that range from the horrifying "For Felix" to the funky "Lipostudio." Electronic musicians have always loved using non-musical intruements in their recordings, but seldom do they use them are more than a quirky 4/4 beat. Matmos finds the essence of the objects and creates a song for them.
Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel went into (of all places) the operating room to record much of this record. The record features the sounds of scalpels through flesh, fat being sucked through a liposuction tube, the buzz of eye surgery lasers and accupuncture point detectors, tones used for hearing aid tests, human and goat bones and a rat cage. And yes, they even use teeth on one song, althrough their not their own teeth. They belonged to some dead guy.
This record brings up several interesting questions. Do objects like skulls and scalpels have an inherently sick sound to them, or if you listened to this record without knowing how it was made, would you just think it's regular electronic mumbo-jumbo. Certainly some of that depends on how edited the sound is, if it can be identified or not.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Different August 31, 2001
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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. Don't get me wrong, there are a few gems here and there, this album of course being one of them. I own the other Matmos albums, I'm not a die-hard follower of Matmos, but I respect their originality and the obvious gift they have for rhythm. An album containing numerous samples of medical procedures does sound like a cheap novelty record designed for attention. But, that quickly fades within the first listen. Their quirky sense of rhythm shows itself time and time again throughout the record. Spondee starts out slow, but then becomes this insanely catchy little number. For Felix (and all the rats) is a surprisingly emotional song; it all becomes clear after reading the liner notes. In a stagnant mediocre electronic music landscape, Matmos is an oasis of creativity. My bad poetic analogies aside. It's quirky, catchy, and just good fun with a little liposuction thrown in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You're listening to WHAT?" April 15, 2001
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If you haven't heard Matmos before, and all you know of this CD is the conceit behind it, you probably aren't going to rush out and buy it immediately. It is my mission to convince you to do so.
The sound sources on this disk, as everyone has already remarked, range from innocuously traditional instruments like guitars, drums, and synths all the way to goat spines and the sometimes horrifying, sometimes amusing sounds of cosmetic surgery. What reviewers don't usually discuss is the imagination with which these materials are combined and juxtaposed.
Matmos's music thrives on contrast. Their last LP, "The West", combined twangy steel-strings, out-of-context vocal samples, and Ennio Morricone flutes with clicking, grinding, and occasionally bone-crushing computer-generated noises. The variety of musical material on "A Chance To Cut" is, if anything, more pronounced. To describe all of my favorite moments would be giving the game away, but the transformation of a hearing test into the audio equivalent of a word-association game, and then into a bouncy house track is a bizarre feat of musical wit that must be heard to be believed.
Listen and read carefully, though, as Matmos play both sides of the game. While many of the surgery recordings end up sounding perfectly ordinary, there are a few sounds thrown into the mix that suggest all too vividly the slurping of fat through a tube, or the cutting of skin. Read the liner notes, though, and you see that the sound sources for the song include both "Liposuction surgery recorded in California" and "Straw and Water".
It's not all a gross-out party game, though, as Matmos turns the tempo for an elegiac orchestra in track 05, "for felix (and all the rats)".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars music is the medicine May 4, 2001
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California based duo Matmos have come a long way certainly. It wasn't until the release of "The West" that they really grew to accommodate their potential as a force in electronic music. Prior to that their releases like "Quasi-objects," while rewarding on a listening level, seemed too pre-occupied with their own sampling novelty.
"A Chance to Cut" is not too different in that respect, since the majority of the hubbub is based around its sampling premise: medical equipment and operations. And yes, the premise does become somewhat subversive, since when you hear a strange squelching noise on the first track and then you make the connection with the title "Liposuction," even the most adjusted listener will most likely squirm a bit.
However, what Matmos has done with this release is create a product much greater than the sum of its parts. Never do they abandon the quirky pinache that characterizes the majority of their work, a quality that appears again and again, whether in the form of funky house on "Spondee" (a track based on two-syllable words, in which neither syllable holds an emphasis) or the goofy melodies of "California Rhinoplasty" or "Memento Mori." Still, "For Felix" transcends kitsch and becomes a sort of agitated elegy through its bowed overtones (using a rat cage as the source material).
Through its seven tracks (some of them quite lengthy), "A Chance to Cut" never grows tiresome, as each track explores different territory while the premise holds them together as an album. Highly, highly recommended!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting over engaging
Some very creatively-creepy electronic work here comes closer to presenting a tongue-slightly-in-cheek audio surgical tour than anyone had ever cared to venture. Read more
Published on February 20, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Marvel
So who/what are Matmos?
Let's look at the sleeve of 'A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure'; writing far too small to read without an arc-lamp and strange pictures of forceps,... Read more
Published on September 25, 2008 by Paul Ess.
5.0 out of 5 stars "ICE-CREAM...HOT-DOG...EAR-DRUM...MAT-MOS!!!"
Matmos was recommended to me by a guy in the record store after me mentioning my affinity for mixmaster, Herbert (Bodily Functions, Secondhand Sounds). Read more
Published on June 1, 2004 by D. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
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 more
Published on December 24, 2003 by J. B Forgione
3.0 out of 5 stars ...
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 more
Published on July 14, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Genuine blend between house music and musique concrète...
"A Chance To Cut is A Chance To Cure", the most recent album by San Francisco duo Matmos, released in the early months of 2001, has all attires and attitude of what could be... Read more
Published on February 14, 2002 by Rafael Cova
2.0 out of 5 stars matmos choke on removed fat
the fact that this album was made of largely of samples the duo got from plastic surgery escapades is a lot hype and doesn't really matter to me. Read more
Published on January 24, 2002 by Xiao
Matmos' newest album, A CHANCE TO CUT IS A CHANCE TO CURE is pure genius. They did some background music for Bjork's newest release, VESPERTINE, and I must say, they are my second... Read more
Published on January 14, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept Album
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 more
Published on November 3, 2001 by chris.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concept deftly executed.
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 more
Published on November 1, 2001 by Bran Thorngrave
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