Matthew Herbert, will release his new album 'The End of Silence' on Monday 24th June via his own Accidental label (Roisin Murphy, Micachu, Merz, Mugison, The Invisible). Matthew and his colleagues have recorded a new album formed of three parts and devised entirely from a 5 second sound recording. It is of war photographer Sebastian Meyer http://sebmeyer.com/war-sounds being bombed by a Gadaffi war plane in Libya in 2011. In support of the impending new album, Accidental reveal ‘The End of Silence’ artwork and a stream of ‘Part 2’ to be taken from the album.
The End of Silence’ is a thought-provoking and powerful collaboration, treading ground that sees Matthew continue to explore political and social topics through improvised musical techniques.
Herbert says, I wanted to freeze history, press pause, wander around inside the sound - trying to understand its component parts, wondering why it was so scary when I had never actually heard any bomb first hand. In stark contrast to the written reports of the atrocities committed by dictators in the Arab word during the Arab Spring, here was something that rendered it real. It turned the virtual word back in to the visceral. Despite immediate and disparate access to news of world events, it’s rare to find something that punctures the safe veneer of distance that computers create. By hearing this sound, one is compelled to live inside the moment.
This brief, terrifying audio recording was fragmented and atomised into a range of sample instruments and played by Matthew’s band to create a a jazz quartet record. In many ways I think of it as a jazz quartet record' says Herbert 'we are just now improvising and playing with texture, memory, meaning, and friction as well as the usual tenets of melody, harmony and rhythm. The final album, in three parts, is pieced together from five of these free takes shortened and glued together.
Matthew is known for recording and releasing challenging music through his own out-put, most notable his 'One' trilogy - ‘One One’, ‘One Club’ and ‘One Pig’ and via his label Accidental Records. As an electronic composer Matthew has collaborated with Björk and been nominated for an Ivor Novello award for his soundtrack work. Matthew is also the Creative Director of BBC’s The New Radiophonic Workshop.