As with any artistic endeavor, making music is a matter of making choices. We choose sounds and their arrangement from among endless possibilities. Today, more than ever, we are faced with a nearly infinite amount of technologically-enabled choices, and so the question of what to leave out becomes as important as what to include.
For Matthew Herbert, constraint and narrowing of choices are the keys to creativity. In his talk, the veteran UK producer will delve into the personal necessity and implications of his manifesto (Personal Contract for the Composition of Music), and explore both previous and current work that he’s making under its guidelines.