“The Marriage of True Minds,” the forthcoming album from the electronic duo Matmos, could very well come with an owner’s manual. The back story is almost as circuitous and dense as the music.
It’s an unwieldy tale, but here goes. Over four years, band members Drew Daniel and Martin “M.C.” Schmidt conducted psychic sessions based on the Ganzfeld experiment. Test subjects were put into a state of sensory deprivation by covering their eyes with Ping-Pong balls and instructed to listen to white noise on headphones. They were asked to describe out loud what they saw or heard as Daniel attempted to transmit “the concept of the new Matmos record.”