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For Alan Turing

by Matmos

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This is a digital reissue of a long out of print Matmos EP that was the result of a curious sequence of connections and requests. The material on this EP was first commissioned by Dr. Robert Osserman and David Eisenbud of the Mathematical Sciences Research institute; it was first performed at the dedication of Shiing Shen Chern Hall on March 3rd 2006 for an audience of mathematicians. We wish to thank everyone who played on this recording, and everyone at MSRI, and to Cryptography Research for their assistance in realizing both the concert and the album.


released March 20, 2020

1. Enigma Machine for Alan Turing
Drew Daniel: Radio, Sampling, Sequencing, Mix
M.C. Schmidt: Enigma Machine, Digital Piano
Matthew Curry: Enigma Encryption MAX Patch

The Enigma machine featured on this song was recorded at Cryptography Research in San Francisco. We are grateful to Paul Kocher for granting us access to this fragile, historic object. MIDI information within the song is being encrypted by a JAVA emulation of the Enigma Machine

2. Messages from the Unseen World
David Tibet: Voice
Drew Daniel: Cracklebox, Editing, Sampling
M.C. Schmidt: Roland and Korg Synthesizers
Keith Fullerton Whitman: Doepfer Analogue Modular Synthesizer

This text is taken from a series of postcards sent by Alan Turing to Robin Gandy before his suicide; each was titled "Messages from the Unseen World".

3. Cockles and Mussels
Clodagh Simonds: Voice
Drew Daniel: Synthesizer, Sampling, Sequencer, Mix
M.C. Schmidt: Hurdy Gurdy, Vocoder
Mark Lightcap: Acoustic Guitar
Blevin Blectum: Violin

Faced with imminent trial on charges of gross indecency, Alan Turing insisted upon playing "Cockles and Mussels" on the violin for the police officers who came to his home to take his statement.


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Experimental electronic music duo originally from San Francisco but now residing in Baltimore.

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