"Ultimate Care II Excerpt Nine" is from the Matmos album "Ultimate Care II," out February 19 on Thrill Jockey Records.
Director, animator: Ed Apodaca
Director, creative director: Lisa Berghout
Director of photography: Nnathan Moody
Actor, animation assistant: Dario Apodaca
Production company: l.inc design (l-inc.com)
Alternately pastoral and high tech, the third video for Matmos’s album “Ultimate Care II” is titled “Ultimate Care II Excerpt 9.” In keeping with the domestic origins of the album, which is built entirely out of the sounds of the washing machine in Matmos’ basement, the newest video for the album is a homegrown, family affair. The video was co-directed by Ed Apodaca and Lisa Berghout, a husband and wife team who run L-inc, a motion graphics and animation firm, but for this video they enlisted an extra pair of collaborators: their teenage son Dario Apodaca, a keen student of graphic design and digital media who appears in the opening shot and assisted with animation duties, and their neighbor Nathan Moody, a colleague and friend who experimented with the placement of Go Pros inside washing machines and provided extreme close up photography of lint and laundry detergent crystals.
The video begins and ends with Dario, the only human actor, loading clothes into and out of a washing machine, which becomes a gateway to a turbulent interior world. Describing their creative process, Ed narrates: “Lisa was thinking about how to conceptualize a washing machine visually. Her focus was around creating pastoral, aerial and clothing scenes inside front and top loaders that will move and or fall apart with the spinning of the machine, generating a surreal take on washers and their uncanny movement. I mapped textures to cubes with an abstract washing machine front and back to further personify the machines.” The result is a tightly rhythmic sequence of images that contrast the clean with the dirty, the macro with the micro. In its most intimate setting, we telescope into a hairy grey jungle of lint seen in extreme close up. In its widest view, skyscrapers are made to throb and twist to the clamorous industrial rhythms, while a huge “agitator” from a washing machine seems to rotate entire freeway systems and suburbs. Working together, the Apodaca/Berghout family and their friendly neighbor have fashioned a detailed, delirious and vibrant audio-visual ode to an everyday household chore.
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Feb. 20 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
March 15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
March 19 - Brooklyn, NY - National Sawdust
April 13 - Philadelphia, PA - International House
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