Matmos have been conducting and re-enacting telepathy experiments for the past four years, and are releasing an EP in October and an album in February next year borne from their test subjects' responses. The tests, known as Ganzfeld experiments, were originally conducted in the 1960s, and involve basic sensory deprivation set ups in which subjects listen to white noise in headphones and are unable to see and are asked to recognise shapes being transmitted to them.
In Matmos's experiments, they tried to transmit the concept of their new album into the minds of their experimental subjects. The resulting transcripts were then used as a kind of score. Visual images informed collages or instrumentation, humming became a melody, and if a subject described an action Matmos performed it and incorporated the sound recording.
Matmos join the Thrill Jockey roster for these forthcoming releases, titled The Ganzfeld EP and The Marriage Of True Minds. The EP, released on 15 October, will come packaged with a pair of headphones and opaque white eye glasses so that listeners can recreate the conditions of the test subjects.
Watch a performance from Auto Italia earlier in the year below, where each collaborator recites different transcriptions of the psychic experiments that are played through their headphones. Matmos perform at London Southbank Centre as part of Antony's Meltdown on 6 August.