Matthew Herbert is a prolific and accomplished musician, artist, and writer whose range of works extends from numerous albums (including the much-celebrated bodily functions) to Ivor Novello nominated film scores (life in a day) as well as music for Broadway, TV, games, and radio.
He has performed all around the world from the Sydney Opera House to the Hollywood Bowl and created installations, plays, and opera. He has remixed iconic artists including Quincy Jones, Serge Gainsbourg, and Ennio Morricone and worked over a number of years with musical acts as diverse as Bjork and Dizzee Rascal. He has produced other artists such as Roisin Murphy, The Invisible, Micachu, and Merz and released some of these works alongside others on his own label – Accidental Records. Other collaborators include chef Heston Blumenthal, playwright Caryl Churchill, and writer Will Self, but he is most known for working with sound, turning ordinary or so-called found sound into electronic music. His most celebrated work ONE PIG followed the life of a pig from birth to plate and beyond. He is relaunching an online Museum of Sound and is the creative director of the new Radiophonic Workshop. His debut play as a writer/director opened at the national theatre in 2013 as well as a new opera for the royal opera house in 2014. He is an honorary fellow at the University of Kent. His new album The Shakes is out in 2015 as well as his debut as a writer and director for TV.