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One Pig : One Matthew Herbert

a radio feature produced by Michael Shirrefs

This week the sonic biography of One Pig, from the studio of Matthew Herbert.


He’s one of the most prolific composers in the UK, but not in any conventional sense of the word. Because Matthew Herbert has increasingly made his name as the master of music made from the audible world.


For many years now, Matthew’s been exploring the range of musical possibilities from using ‘found sound’—real-world recordings that have their own intrinsic musicality and can be coaxed into forms that we hear as having a musical structure.


Matthew has performed and recorded for many years. He’s written film music—most recently for the remarkable Ridley Scott production called Life In A Day.


But the project he’s just finished is a trilogy of recordings all with the prefix of One—One OneOne Club and One Pig.


One One was made from sounds sourced solely from himself. One Club was created from sounds, recorded in one night, in a Frankfurt nightclub.


And the final recording, One Pig? Well, it’s represents the life-cycle of a single pig … and beyond. From birth to the table.

Listen to the program here …

Creative Instinct120225.1405: One Pig : One Matthew Herbert



Matthew Herbert—UK composer, musician and producer


Miyuki Jokiranta—Sound artist




Further Information


Matthew Herbert


Accidental Records


Video—The Making of One Pig


Life in a Day—YouTube movie
Produced by Ridley Scott and with soundtrack by Matthew Herbert






Producer—Michael Shirrefs


Sound Engineer—John Jacobs




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