May 5, 2017 23:00
Restless innovator, sampling wizard, classically trained pianist and superstar collaborator, Matthew Herbert is one of electronic music’s most versatile and prolific figureheads.
He has produced and collaborated with artists from different fields, such as musicians Björk, REM, Quincy Jones, John Cale, Yoko Ono, Dizzee Racal, Roisin Murphy, as well as with chef Heston Blumenthal and playwright Caryl Churchill.
In 2006 he released “Scale”, his most successful album, able to reach the 20th place in the Billboard electronic album chart. Entertainment Weekly remarked “Herbert sneakily subverts Scale’s apocalyptic thematic thread into something warm and danceable.”
That same year he also published a reworking of the tenth symphony by Mahler for Deutsche Grammophon “Recomposed” series. Most of the recordings were made in the shelter in Toblach where Mahler used to compose, and at his tomb and in a crematorium.
In 2013 he created a new work for orchestra and electronic instruments, based on a work by Rameau, which was performed at The Roundhouse in London for the “Baroque Remixed” series the radio station for BBC Radio 3.
In 2015 he published “The Shakes”, his first album of dance music in nine years.