Matthew Herbert

Matthew Herbert

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One Pig is the story of a single, anonymous farm animal's journey from birth to plate. The album is an elegy to a life lived for the benefit of humans and raises complex questions about our relationship to these often-maligned and misunderstood creatures.

The album is made entirely out of sounds from the pig and it’s surroundings - the first squeals, the sound of it being alone for the first time, and the dripping of it’s blood after being butchered. The result is a delicate, beautiful, and occasional terrifying musical composition with a profundity rarely heard in electronic music.

The live show debuted at the Royal Opera House, London, in September 2011 and has since toured the world, performing at Berghain Berlin, STRP Eindhoven, Club Silencio Paris, Liquid Room Tokyo, Ancienne Belgique Brussels, and more. Future dates include headlining at Future Everything in Manchester, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

The show explores and questions the life, death, and consumption of the pig. A chef cooking onstage brings the sound and smell of cooking pig, and the performance features a brand new custom instrument - the “Sty Harp”, built and performed by Edinburgh-based artist Yann Seznec. This representation of the pig’s home is used to trigger and control elements of music, forming an integral part of the 5 piece band.

Matthew Herbert is an established musician and producer working in the field of electronic music. Known for stretching boundaries and breaking the conventions traditionally associated with the genre, he is one of the few independently minded artists to have made a considerable impact on both media and public whilst striving to be innovative and experimental. As a recording artist since 1996 he has released music on a variety of record labels under aliases such as Herbert, Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain and Radio Boy and has performed live in the United States, Japan, Australia, Asia and extensively across Europe. He has supported Björk at the Hollywood Bowl, played the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and The Big Chill in England, as well as headlining at Barcelona’s Sonar Festival and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

One Pig is supported by The Bungo Bar & Kitchen.