A lot of time at home makes us finally start something that we always said we would do some day… clean up of old music CDs lying somewhere in some old boxes…
Well, today, in a rainy sunday… the task has started!
Hi Herbert… long time no see!
In 2000, Herbert (aka Matthew Herbert) wrote a manifesto titled Personal Contract for the Composition of Music (Incorporating the Manifest of Mistakes), which served as a theoretical guide for much of his later work. Its goals include a personal ban on using drum machines and pre-existing samples, and ensuring that anything created in the studio can be replicated in live performance.
Many of his less dance-oriented projects (chiefly those not recorded under the name Herbert) address political concerns, using specific objects to create a conceptual piece. His 2001 project as Radio Boy, The Mechanics of Destruction sampled McDonald’s and The Gap merchandise as a protest against corporate globalism. It was made available as a free MP3 download, via concerts and by post from Accidental Records.
In 2005, Herbert released the album Plat du Jour under his real name, Matthew Herbert. The disc addresses commercial food production and marketing.
In February 2006, Herbert helped form the virtual community Country X. In an introduction posted on the website, he writes, “Why not start a country? only this time, a virtual one. free from the necessity to defend its borders physically, we can reduce the violence of exclusion. a new description of resistance.”
Herbert shared some of his thoughts on the future in an article for the UK music magazine Clash, writing “we are facing a perfect storm of shit: global financial meltdown, massive climatic shifts and the end of oil.
Matthew Herbert has produced remixes for numerous artists, including Moloko, Ennio Morricone, Quincy Jones, PUZZLE, Björk, REM, Perry Farrell, Serge Gainsbourg, Yoko Ono, John Cale, The Avalanches and Cornelius. He programmed three tracks on Björk‘s Vespertine, and produced The Invisible‘s debut album, along with Moloko singer Róisín Murphy‘s album Ruby Blue. He has also produced albums for Micachu, Merz and Finn Peters
He has contributed music to several films, including La confiance règne, Human Traffic, Dogme 95, director Kristian Levring‘s The Intended, Agathe Cléry, Le Défi (Dance Challenge), A Number, as well as UK television, theatrical and concert dance productions.
In 2010 he produced a new project at the invitation of London Sinfonietta called One Day in which he set to music a Saturday edition of the Guardian newspaper, performed at London’s Southbank Centre in the London Jazz Festival. He went on to create a short encore for the ensemble involving a live remix of a concert at the BBC Proms in 2012 using recordings on mobile phones.
In 2012 he is relaunching the museum of sound at www.museumofsound.com
Also in 2012, he was appointed as the creative director of the newly revived BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
In February 2018, the current Doctor Who logo was revealed in a short video clip, with music and sound created by Herbert.
Foreign Bodies is one of several great songs that I listened to today… great album to start the music clean-up feast!
Foreign Bodies Lyrics…
Work it out
Things you hear
Clicks just here
Start to appear
What is this
Who are you what
Is this who
(What is it you’re…)
Are you what is
This who are
You what is this
Who are you
What is is this?
Nothing broken mobile homes
With each sound
In this skin
Foreign bodies start to begin
In things you hear
Clicks just here
Start to appear