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Best Album Concept

The Marriage of True Minds, By Matmos

The experimental duo Matmos (Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel) has always had lofty inspiration for its records, created with improvisational techniques, field recordings, and high concepts. This time they took it into the stratosphere with a record based on the parapsychological Ganzfeld experiment—an established (though disputed) technique which is used to test for ESP sensitivity. The duo subjected friends (including many notables from the Baltimore music scene) to sensory deprivation while attempting to telepathically communicate to them their ideas for how the album should sound. After each session, they interviewed the subjects about the sounds, images, and thoughts that came to them during the process, and they used these recollections to craft the final album. The result, while not always the most cohesive, is undeniably the fruit of the most unique process in recent memory.

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