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Matthew Herbert

"There's Me And There's You"

London, London and South East
United Kingdom

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   About Matthew Herbert

Restless innovator, sampling wizard, classically trained pianist and superstar collaborator, MATTHEW HERBERT is one of electronic music's most versatile and prolific figureheads. Recording under his own name as well as Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain, Radio Boy and others, Herbert has also produced and remixed artists as diverse as Bjrk, REM, John Cale, Roisin Murphy, Yoko Ono and Serge Gainsbourg.

An alchemist of avant-garde sound in the tradition stretching from Stockhausen to the Aphex Twin, Herbert combines playful pop sensibility with a strictly imposed experimental agenda. In his increasingly conceptual and political albums he has emerged as a unique figure in modern music: a kind of one-man Radiohead, or a Brian Eno for the 21st century.

It was in January 1995 that Herbert gave his first large public performance. His instruments: a sampler and a bag of crisps. But long before he discovered the revolutionary possibilities of sampling, he began playing violin and piano at the age of four. When he was seven he sang in the school choir and played with orchestras. At school, he had the good fortune to have a music teacher who considered Reich, Xenakis and Jazz standards to be the equal of Beethoven. During his time as a theatre student at Exeter University, Herbert, the son of a BBC sound technician, continued to invest in his own home studio.

Herbert's studies helped to germinate his interest in "musique concrete". Rummaging around his bag of crisps was only the beginning. His 1998 masterwork 'Around the House' (re-released on !K7 in 2002) collected sounds from the house and home: washing machines, toasters and toothbrushes were sampled and processed into swinging grooves and absorbing sound scapes. All the project needed was the silken voice of Dani Siciliano, Herbert's long-term collaborator, to humanise the album into a left-field classic.

In 2000, Herbert wrote a manifesto, the "Personal Contract for the Composition Of Music (PCCOM) (Incorporating the Manifesto of Mistakes)", rules which have defined the compositional methods ever since. The manifesto, not unlike Dogme 95's filmic principles, prohibits the use of any pre-recorded musical sources, as well as any synthetic sounds that imitate acoustic instruments.

Furthermore, accidental sounds or errors should influence the process of his production. Herbert considers mistakes in programming or recording as the welcome intervention of random humanity in a sterile world. This is a man, after all, who runs a record label called Accidental.

Deriving much of its musical content from human skin, hair, bones and the random contents of Dani Siciliano's handbag, Herbert's 2001 album 'Bodily Functions' was the audible result of putting this theory to practice. But far from being limited by these self-imposed rules, the record unlocked rich new vaults of unique sound and fascinating rhythm from the most unlikely everyday objects.

In 2003 Herbert redefined his musical agenda yet again with his big-band album 'Goodbye Swingtime', which was recorded at Abbey Road studios with 16 jazz and session musicians. Despite its self-consciously traditional elements, the album was composed under strict PCCOM rules, and again featured Siciliano on vocals. The subsequent live shows, including Sonar in Barcelona, the Montreux jazz festival, and Roskilde festival in Denmark, were rapturously received by large crowds.

From bedroom samplers to concert halls, Herbert continues to expand the horizons of electro-organic music.

The political content of Herbert's music has become increasingly overt in recent years. His 2004 album 'Plat Du Jour' was his most rigorously experimental to date, featuring sounds entirely derived from food and its packaging. Unified in concept and content, it used witty culinary metaphors to attack not just giant food companies but also the death penalty, body fascism and war in Iraq. In Britain, 'The Guardian' called the consequent live shows, complete with a chef making live smells "a wild stimulation of senses, feet and intellect".

In 2005, Herbert produced 'Ruby Blue', the debut solo album by Moloko singer Roisin Murphy. A fertile garden of flamboyant dance-pop and artfully textured jazz-funk.

Herbert's album of 2006, 'Scale', is probably his most pleasingly pop-friendly mellifluous so far. But beneath its deceptively glossy surface sheen of jazz, disco and sensual house rhythms lie quietly anguished meditations on mortality, global suffering and the end of the oil age. Among the 723 objects sampled on these lush tracks are coffins, petrol pumps, meteorites, an RAF Tornado bomber, and somebody being sick outside a banquet for a notorious London arms fair. More than any previous Herbert album, 'Scale' combines immaculately groomed dance music with subversive subject matter.

In the here and now of 2008, Herbert has released ‘Score’, a stunning collection of his soundtracks for film and dance, including his work on ‘Vida Y Color’, ‘Manolete’, ‘Le Defi’, ‘The Intended’ and ‘Agathe Clery’, and is putting the finishing touches to his score for acclaimed playwright Carole Churchill’s masterpiece, ‘Top Girls’, which opens at the Manhattan Theatre shortly. He has also just finished working on the new collaborative series from HBO and the BBC, ‘A Number’, and has been putting the final touches to his soundtrack to upcoming French release, ‘Agathe Clery’. He is currently writing a new Matthew Herbert Big Band album, for release in Autumn 2008, and is bestowing his creative energy and producer’s wizardry on albums by Mica Levi and The Invisible.

Herbert is as solid as a rock in these times of "borderless digital arbitrariness," as the German newspaper 'Die Zeit' once described his work. Between programming mistakes and the conceptual stringency of his PCCOM manifest, between divine accident and strict intent, whether he scores films or theatre shows or paints the musical backdrop for fashion shows - Herbert's endless innovation and transgression of genres is never just art for its own sake. His music is always engaged in lively dialogue with the wider world, with the past and future of experimental music, with its own political and economic origins. Crucially, in most cases, you can also dance to it.

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Mickey P & The 45’s

Sep 22 2008 6:09 AM


Sep 21 2008 4:35 PM

Hi Matthew
thx for the add
you are a brilliant artist
remmbering your gig in auidtorium in Rome with the orchestra
and so many dj set italy around in the last year
we waiting for your next gigs in Italy!
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Sep 21 2008 3:58 PM

Skip Club Orchestra

Sep 21 2008 2:43 PM

Thanks to the ADD!!!!
Greeting from Hiroshima ,Japan.
Kay Suzuki

Sep 19 2008 7:40 PM

A Twisted Funky Jazzy Soulful Sweet Dirty Electronic Dance Music Experience

b i p o l a r

Sat 20th Sept 2008 @ Plan B

" b i p o l a r "
Label Launch Special
Sat 20th September 2008
9pm - 5am | £8 b4 midnight £10 after
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It's gonna be like this... with b i p o l a r residents and Redz on Mic!!
Ow, did I mention they have heavy FUNKTION 1 soundsystem?? :)

RSVP for £6 concession list ASAP!!
It's a huge venue and we can't accept after 2pm tomorrow...Hope we can party together!:)


Sep 19 2008 3:41 PM

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Sep 18 2008 9:10 AM

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Sep 18 2008 9:05 AM

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Sep 17 2008 10:48 PM

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Peter Hasiewicz

Sep 17 2008 8:27 PM

Thank you for add. I'm fascinated of your music. " Bodily Function" is one of the best album I ever heard.
All the best,

Sep 17 2008 6:26 PM


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Sep 17 2008 4:20 PM

Thanx for the fiendship
cheers from Hokkaido

Kay Suzuki

Sep 17 2008 2:45 PM


Inspired by Jack Kerouac's famous novel "On the Road" - portraying American youth who had lost their purpose of life in this wealthy material world, and the system of society.
They attempt to reach a new dimension of life throughout their journey, exploring its joy and sadness, love and jealous, using every possible ways - music, dance, poetry, ideology, philosophy and more - to capture its spiritual and physical rhythms…

Check out the video from last month on youtube

18th September 2008
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RSVP for £5 guest list by tonight!!

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Sep 15 2008 9:30 PM

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(Looking forward to the new album. Pleased to contribute my word!)
eliotE & the ritournelles

Sep 15 2008 4:07 PM

Hello !!

You're probably too far to come to the party.

But we've been thinking about you.

The gigs will be filmed and broadcasted soon on Grosse Caisse WebTV!!


Sep 15 2008 3:14 PM

Hello Matthew Herbert, thank you for your support and your music.

Sep 14 2008 1:17 PM


Green Fiction is the new project of a well known artist but we decided not to tell here his real name to leave more space for 2 really fantastic tracks. If you listen carefully, you may know...
Played By: Chris Carrier, Laurent Garnier, Ewan Pearson, Techasia, Slam, Bearweasel, Philip Sherburne, D'Julz...

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Sep 13 2008 7:14 PM

Thanks for being friends!!!
I really love your music, it,s unique.
Take care.

Sep 12 2008 3:43 PM

Hallo Freunde zuckersüßer Klänge,

wir laden zu einer weiteren Zusammenkunft in den SASS Music Club. Für feinste elektronische Klänge und den nötigen Schub sorgen diesmal Andy Catana (mnml vienna), Jamzero (kollektor club) sowie Fabian Hofer und Andreas Reiter.

Auf einen unverschämt ausgelassenen Abend freut sich


FR, 12.
September 2008
SASS Music Club
Karlsplatz 1, A-1010 Wien
Start: 22:00
Entry: 5 Euro < 24:00h; 8 Euro > 24:00h

Laurel Collective

Sep 12 2008 1:17 PM

Laurel Collective release International Love Affair on September 22nd.
You can hear it on the page, which you can view by clicking the image below.

You can also download
Laurel Collective's cover of Golden Phone straight from the MySpace page!!

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Sep 11 2008 2:08 PM

thx for the add!

Sep 11 2008 1:02 AM

thanks for friendship
respect your music research
unique style

Sep 10 2008 9:13 PM

that was fast!
thx for the add and 'till...
Cheers from Poland!
Love your music
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Sep 10 2008 11:37 AM

As a Myspace friend you are eligible for a discounted entry to all Moose Factory Presents! events.

Please check out our site for our upcoming events and message us for a cheap guestlist. Thanks and see you soon!

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Oct 1 @ The Cross Kings – Stephen Grew + Graham Clark + Eddie Prevost (Free improv giants)

Oct 9 @ The Good Ship – SonVer (Epic ambient rock) + Rocket Number Nine intense electronics/drums duo) + Metamorphic (groove/folk/jazz) + Juice (crazy a'cappella trio)

Sep 9 2008 9:00 PM

Thank you a lot for the ADD! GIO, ITALY!

Sep 9 2008 11:00 AM

Dj Sherg

Sep 9 2008 10:09 AM

Hola! que tal amigo?
Please, check my last track "Time & Rhythm" with Lady Emz vocals!!
Hope that you like!!
Thx 4 the support!!
All the best!

Sep 8 2008 8:21 PM

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Sep 8 2008 6:09 PM

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Sep 8 2008 9:55 AM

hi Matthew,
how are you?
i hope all is ok!!!!
when you came back in italy?
here we love your music!!!!
your Jamie Lidell remix is great!!!
hope you have time to listen my remix of "Little Bit Of Feel Good"...
have a great day and good work...
saluti and super respect!!

Sep 7 2008 1:14 PM

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Sep 7 2008 11:21 AM

Ya que mañana lunes no podré felicitaros una feliz semana lo haré hoy domingo...



Sep 6 2008 8:34 AM

Just stoppin' to say that my friends & I are waiting for our venue in Paris next week!!

Sep 5 2008 11:37 PM

deadbeat and stephen beaupre's music + my video:)


Sep 5 2008 9:23 PM

hey... ;)
Grott Party

Sep 5 2008 5:26 PM

Grott Party are here with balls out rock and roll baby.

Come grab a slice of the magic.

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Sep 5 2008 2:42 PM

Samstag wollen wir mit dir MÖBELRÜCKEN (www. delikat-berlin. de) Also komm Tanzen, wir freuen uns darauf!


======after hour im Internatsgarten======
__Hüftschwinger aka Pitt & Bone (zmf / delikat)
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Sep 5 2008 11:27 AM

Wow I love your sound!
Hi,thanx for add.
Visit my profile and tell me that you think.
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Sep 5 2008 10:18 AM

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Sep 4 2008 3:47 PM

Hey ! Thanx for the add .
Have fun ...


Sep 4 2008 11:44 AM

Thank you for the add.
I am so happy today.
Feel Sound and Nice Art.
Your Top Image is Very Cool.

Please listen to my New Tunes.


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Sep 3 2008 11:13 AM

after I experienced your music nothing's the same as before. one day I want to make music with you. thats a good goal.
sincerely, suzy

Sep 2 2008 2:42 PM

thanks for adding me

Sep 1 2008 10:23 PM

"The Story" has made my day

truly amazing!
About Turn

Sep 1 2008 5:33 PM

Thanks for the add!!!

Sep 1 2008 5:21 PM

--------THX 4 ADD---------

Sep 1 2008 10:00 AM

Feliz semana!!!

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