Washing machines make a delightful array of noises, and electronic music duo Matmos have created an album composed entirely of sounds made by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II. The new LP just consists of a single track, but you can listen to an excerpt in the player below.
"Like its namesake, the album runs across its variations as a single, continuous thirty eight minute experience that starts with the grinding turn of the wash size selection wheel, and ends with the alert noise that signals that the wash is done. Between these audio-verité book-ends, we experience an exploded view of the machine, hearing it in normal operation, but also as an object being rubbed and stroked and drummed upon and prodded and sampled and sequenced and processed by the duo, with some occasional extra help from an ultra-local crew of guest stars (some of whom regularly do laundry chez Matmos)."Ever since I was a kid, I've always loved the noise generated by a washing machine. This probably sounds a little odd, but I find it very relaxing.