Jefferson Friedman composed the string parts for Matmos’s excellent 2006 album The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast. To return the favor, Matmos have remixed two of Friedman’s compositions for his album Quartets. And now, out of the goodness of their hearts, they have made the first of those remixes available free via Bandcamp. The track, which takes recordings of the Chiara String Quartet and submits them to Matmos’s studio wizardry, doesn’t veer far from the usual Matmos territory: lots of complex cuts and added effects (to the point where what was composed by Friedman and what was added by Schmidt and Daniel becomes difficult to determine). It’s an excellent track, and very listenable even to those who don’t normally dig classical music or avant garde electronica. Stream it below or download it over at Bandcamp.
Quartets is available now via New Amsterdam Records.