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LONDON EVENT PICK: Meltdown with Matmos

Matmos return to the Southbank Centre two years on from their last performance at Ether Festival alongside Moritz Von Oswald, as part of Antony Hegarty's Meltdown 2012 festival. US-based producers Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel came to fame after working with Björk on Vespertine (2001) and again on Medúlla in 2004. Their last concert saw the duo brave the worst East Coast snowstorm in 90 years to arrive (on time) at the Royal Festival Hall to perform garbled tech-house alongside countless field recordings as varied as amplified crayfish nerve tissue and liposuction surgery. Renowned for using bizarre sounds etched from an impressive array of hardware and sound technology that travels the globe with them, a cluttered setup gives a huge amount of improvisation to create a unique and widely varied performance that never repeats itself. Sound techniques involve crushing plastic bottles, tapping pens and ripping paper adding extra elements to a live performance that often looks and sounds like a sonic science experiment by two enthusiastic lab students. Warming up the event are ambient electronic producers o F F Love whose recent record ‘Probably Love' blends deep piano stabs and soft vocals reminiscent of David Sylvian, delivering a soulful entrée to a rougher, more glitch-laden course from Matmos. Another good reason to be in London for August. Ben Romberg

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Date: Monday, 6th August 

Venue: The South Bank Centre, Waterloo 

Doors: 7.30pm

Photo of: (left to right) Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel (aka Matmos)

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