Matthew Herbert

The Music: A Novel Through Sound
  • The Music: A Novel Through Sound

  • In the last hundred years – between the invention of the microphone and the computer – music has undergone a profound revolution. No longer confined to specifically designed instruments, we can now make music out of anything.

    Why use a guitar when you can use a lawnmower? Why use a lawnmower when you can use an explosion in Libya?

    The Music evokes a shifting sonic landscape in precise detail – Chinese concrete slowly hardening, overlaid by a splintering cassette tape in the stereo of a car mid-crash. The noise of 73,984 insects hitting number plates followed by that of a drill striking oil deep beneath the earth’s surface. Or just the silence of two unfamiliar people as they look up at the night sky.

    As well as being a description of an imagined album this novel is a manifesto for sound, challenging how we hear the world itself, while listening to stories about humanity and our place in that world.

Matthew Herbert is a prolific and award-winning musician, artist, producer and writer whose range of innovative work extends from numerous albums to film scores and installations, as well as music for the theatre, TV, games and radio. He has performed all around the world from the Sydney Opera House to the Hollywood Bowl. He is director of the new BBC Radiophonic Workshop and an artistic researcher in the School of Music and Performing Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University. Matthew Herbert lives in Kent.

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