A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure is a 2001 studio album by electronic music group Matmos. The album consists primarily of samples of medical procedures, including plastic surgeries, liposuctions, hearing tests and bonesaws. The album maintains a sense of humour in contrast with the serious nature of the audio being sampled. The exception to the medical samples is the song "For Felix (And All the Rats)", a piece dedicated to their deceased pet rat Felix, performed entirely on his cage.
The two members of Matmos, Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt, both had doctors as parents, a fact that likely influenced them in the album's creation. The album is sometimes considered a concept album within the glitch or musique concrète genre.
At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80% based on 13 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
In 2017, Pitchfork placed it at number 19 on the "50 Best IDM Albums of All Time" list.
Stefanie Ressin, Blake Linney, Brian Schultz, Cody Shedd, Daisy Kent, David Hornung, Emily Hsu, Ethel Chang, Jennifer Tom, Jerome Narvaez, Joanne Feinstein, Junn-Francis Masongsong, Kevin Ambrosini, Lee Medoff, Mat Kaufman, Nicole Williamson, Quang Hong, Robert Sproul, Ryan Petersen – Voice [Speech] (1)
Track 1: liposuction surgery recorded in California utilizing Bard Parker's Scalpels, Draeger Anesthesia Ventilators and Gramm's Medical Liposuction Equipment.
Track 2: refractive eye surgery (laser in situ keratomileusis) performed on Monica Youn and recorded in San Francisco.
Track 3: audiologist Rebecca Highlander, CCC-A reads a list of phonetically balanced words. Recorded in the hearing test booth at the Jean Weingarden Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf. Beeps and tones generated during the response curve testing of hearing aids.
Track 4: composed entirely from sounds generated while measuring the galvanic response of M. C. (Martin) Schmidt's skin to a constant flow of electricity.
Track 5: composed entirely from the plucked and bowed cage of Matmos rat named Felix.
Track 6: composed entirely from samples of human skull, goat spine and connective tissue, and artificial teeth.
Track 7: with the exception of the nose flute, this is composed entirely from recordings of plastic surgeries performed in California: rhinoplasty, endoscopic forehead lift, chin implant.