Matthew Herbert

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Matthew Herbert.

Matthew Herbert (* 1972 in England ) is an electronic music producer . He is also known by the pseudonyms Herbert , Doctor Rockit , Wishmountain and Radio Boy .


Herbert already had a small recording studio at the beginning of his academic career at Exeter University , in which he experimented musically.

From 1994 he published under the pseudonyms Wishmountain and Radioboy , as well as Electronica influenced by jazz as Doctor Rockit and as Herbert House . Since 1997 he has been working increasingly with the singer Dani Siciliano , who later also became his wife.

In 1999, he and Rob Mellow produced the soundtrack for the film Human Traffic , in which the techno DJ Carl Cox can be seen.

Herbert is the founder and owner of the small music label Accidental Records , where he publishes his own music as well as other musicians from different genres, including records by Róisín Murphy , jazz musician Finn Peters , the experimental pop musician Micachu and the rock band The Invisible . He occasionally acts as a producer.

In addition to his work as a musician and producer, Herbert drew attention to himself in the electronic music scene in 2005 with his Personal Contract for the Composition of Music (Incorporating the Manifest of Mistakes) . In this manifesto , he names eleven rules for his music productions, including not using drum computers , sound presets and samples of existing pieces of music.

In 2009 Matthew Herbert was included in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 . He wrote and produced the music for the 42 postcards, the short films that heralded the upcoming country. Herbert also composed an orchestral piece for the show program.

Herbert at his One Pig concert on February 8, 2012 in Hamburg

In 2010, Matthew Herbert began an album trilogy with the release of One One , which was completed by One Club and One Pig . One One is in contrast to Herbert's previous works in that he played and sang everything that can be heard on it. The concept of the album was that it should be about just one person.

The second part of the trilogy, One Club , consists exclusively of samples that he recorded in one evening at the Robert Johnson Club in Offenbach .

Finally, on One Pig , Matthew Herbert sampled the sounds of a pig on a farm. He visited the animal several times from its birth in August 2009 until it was transported for slaughter in January 2010, making recordings of the pig and the surrounding noises. He then took up meat processing and later consumption. According to a press release, he has also covered a drum with the animal's skin and had the English jazz drummer Tom Skinner play it for the recordings. Because of One Pig , Herbert was criticized by the animal welfare organization PETA even before publication .

He also made remixes for Björk , REM , John Cale , Yoko Ono and Serge Gainsbourg and produced the solo debut of Róisín Murphy .

Discography (excerpt)

As Herbert

  • 100 lbs (1996)
  • Parts One Two and Three (1996)
  • Parts Remixed (1996)
  • Around the House (1998)
  • Bodily Functions (2001)
  • Secondhand Sounds: Herbert Remixes (2002)
  • Goodbye Swingtime [with The Matthew Herbert Big Band] (2003)
  • Scale (2006)
  • There's Me and There's You [with The Matthew Herbert Big Band] (2008)
  • The Shakes (2015)

As Matthew Herbert

  • Letsallmakemistakes (Globus Mix Vol. 5) (2000)
  • Plat du Jour (2005)
  • Score (2007)
  • One One (2010)
  • Recomposed by Matthew Herbert - Mahler Symphony X (2010)
  • One Club (2010)
  • One Pig (2011)
  • The End Of Silence (2013)
  • The Recording (2014)
  • A Nude (The Perfect Body) (2016)
  • Fatherland, Original Music from the Stage Show , with Karl Hyde (2017)
  • A Fantastic Woman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)

As Doctor Rockit

  • The Music of Sound (1996)
  • Indoor Fireworks (2000)
  • Veselka's Diner (2003)
  • The Unnecessary History of Doctor Rockit (2004)

As a radio boy

  • Wishmountain Is Dead, Long Live Radio Boy (1997)
  • The Mechanics of Destruction (2001)

As a Wishmountain

  • Radio (1996)
  • Wishmountain is Dead (1998)
  • Tesco (2012)

Web links

Commons : Matthew Herbert  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Publication on the Accidental Records website . Retrieved January 11, 2010.
  2. ^ Matthew Herberts Manifesto 2005 . Archived from the original on December 27, 2009. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved January 11, 2010. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Matthew Herbert asks (us) for forgiveness . Spex . Retrieved May 12, 2009.
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