Matmos ‎– Plastic Anniversary

Thrill Jockey ‎– thrill 482
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Multicolor Mashup
Vinyl, LP, White Label, Unplayable, Signed
Box Set, Special Edition

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Breaking Bread
Performer [Vinyl Fragments] – Drew Daniel, Greg Saunier, M.C. Schmidt*Sampler [Sampling], Sequenced By [Sequencing] – Drew Daniel
A2 The Crying Pill
Bass [Plastic] – Harry Walker (7)Effects [Roland Space-Echo] – Mitchell BrownPerformer [Exercise Ball], Performer [DNA Kit], Performer [ATM Card] – Drew DanielPerformer [Pelican Cases] – Greg SaunierPerformer [Plastic Containers] – M.C. Schmidt*
A3 Interior With Billiard Balls & Synthetic Fat
Performer [Billiard Balls] – M.C. Schmidt*Performer [Billiard Balls], Electronics [Processing] – Jon LeideckerPerformer [Billiard Balls], Performer [Synthetic Fat], Performer [Bakelite Dominos], Sampler [Sampling], Sequenced By [Sequencing] – Drew Daniel
A4 Extending The Plastisphere To GJ237b
Performer [Salad Bowl] – Drew Daniel
A5 Silicone Gel Implant
Flute [Plastic Flutes], Performer [Plastic Objects] – M.C. Schmidt*Flute [PVC Panflute] – Brooks KossoverPercussion [Plastic] – Greg SaunierPerformer [Silicone Gel Breast Implant] – Drew Daniel
A6 Plastic Anniversary
Bodhrán [Plastic], Performer [Poker Chips] – M.C. Schmidt*Flute [PVC Panflute], Ocarina [Plastic] – Brooks KossoverPerformer [Plastic Fish Jockstrap], Performer [Exercise Ball] – Drew DanielPerformer [Poker Chips] – Brett Allen
B1 Thermoplastic Riot Shield
Effects [Roland Space-Echo] – Mitchell BrownPercussion [Riot Shield Percussion Solo] – Ethan Potthoff, Wyatt ScottPerformer [Riot Shield] – Drew Daniel, M.C. Schmidt*
B2 Fanfare For Polyethylene Waste Containers
Bass [Plastic] – Harry Walker (7)Sampler [Sampling], Electronics [Processing] – M.C. Schmidt*
B3 The Singing Tube
Performer [Nurdles], Edited By [Editing] – Drew DanielPerformer [Pelican Cases] – Greg SaunierPerformer [Toilet Brushes], Pipe [PVC Pipe] – M.C. Schmidt*
B4 Collapse Of The Fourth Kingdom
Percussion [Plastic] – Greg SaunierPerformer [LEGO Bricks] – M.C. Schmidt*Whistle [Whistles], Performer [Bakelite Dominos], Performer [Duck Calls], Performer [Plastic Gloves], Sampler [Sampling], Sequenced By [Sequencing] – Drew Daniel
B5 Plastisphere
Performer [Bubble Wrap], Sampler [Sampling], Edited By [Editing], Mixed By [Mix] – Drew Daniel, M.C. Schmidt*Performer [LEGO Bricks] – M.C. Schmidt*Performer [Plastic Bottles], Tape [Packing Tape] – Greg SaunierPerformer [Plastic Emergency Stretcher] – Drew Daniel

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Deluxe edition boxset contains a sculptural album, pressed on oversized transparent 'vinyl' with embedded plastic bottles. Actual album tracks recorded in the grooves are rendered virtually unplayable by the plastic floating within. Each copy is signed by the band. This edition also includes the album on an exclusive multicolor mashup vinyl, an L-sized t-shirt, and a bonus track, all exclusive to the box. All proceeds from this special edition will benefit The Ocean Cleanup.

Packaging made of 100% recycled material, inner sleeve with colored photos and detailed liner notes for each track printed on ethically sourced paper. Comes with download code.

[From the liner notes]:

All sounds on this album were generated by plastic objects.

Recorded and engineered at Snowghost Studios, Whitefish, Montana, USA; edited at Civitella Ranieri, Umbria, Italy; mixed at home in Baltimore,
Maryland, USA.

Backcover: CF000478 photo by Chris Jordan from the series 'Midway: Message from the Gyre.' (The image depicts the contents from the stomach of a Laysan albatross photographed in an atoll near the Pacific Ocean Plastic Gyre).


A1. All sounds generated by breaking LPs and 7" single by the soft rock group Bread and amplifying shards of vinyl. No sampling of Bread's music took place.

A3. Features synthetic human fatty tissue created by SynDaver Labs.

A4. Composed entirely from the sound of a plastic salad bowl. Thanks to the assistance of scientists from the Catalonia Institute of Space Studies working with the Sonar Festival, a mono, low-bitrate version of this song has been beamed from a high-powered radio tower in Tromsø, Norway to the exoplanet GJ237b in the vicinity of the Luyten Star in the Canis Minor constellation. The song should arrive in 12.45 light years.

B1. Composed entirely from the sound of a polycarbonate riot shield purchased on eBay and formerly used by the Albuquerque Police Department. To learn more about the conditions under which riot shields can be rendered inoperable, see Michael R. Edwards and H. Waterfall, "Mechanical and ballistic properties of polycarbonate apposite to riot shield applications," — Plastics Rubber and Composites, 37(1): 1-6, February, 2008.

B2. Polyethylene waste containers courtesy of Pacific Steel and Recycling Company.

B4. "With the product's invention, the Bakelite Corporation boasted, humans had transcended the taxonomies of the natural world: the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms. Now we had 'a fourth kingdom, whose boundaries are unlimited.'" – Susan Freinkel, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2011, 6.

B5. Coined by marine biologists, the term "plastisphere" identifies the environmental affordances of human-made polymers for microbial and bacterial life. See J. Reisser, J. Shaw, G. Hallegraeff, M. Proietti, D.K.A. Barnes, M. Thums, et al. (2014) "Millimeter-Sized Marine Plastics: A New Pelagic Habitat for Microorganisms and Invertebrates" — Public Library of Science ONE 9(6): e100289.

The packaging for this release is made from recycled
materials. (P) 2019 Thrill Jockey (C) 2019 Matmos

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7903 7704 8216
  • Matrix / Runout (Side One): THRILL482 A 33⅓ rpm 32177.1(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side Two): THRILL482 B 33⅓ rpm 32177.2(3)...

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March 28, 2019
please contact me if you sell one: I'd like to buy one.


March 20, 2019

Does anyone know what the ball is for, I'm so confused.


March 16, 2019
I'm interested in buying a copy of this if anyone has one for sale!


March 15, 2019
Can any of you guys describe and/or upload the bonus track on this?


March 7, 2019
Wow, I only just got mine today and already someone is trying to flip it for $90? Booooooo!