The producer's next album was composed using samples from a 10-second recording of Libyan bombs being dropped in 2011.
Matthew Herbert will release his next album, The End Of Silence, on June 24th via his own Accidental label.
As always with Herbert, there's a concept behind the recording: according to a press release, The End Of Silence was composed "entirely from a 10-second sound recording" of war photographer Sebastian Meyer being bombed by Libyan air forces in 2011. "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," Herbert says. "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."
The recording was "fragmented and atomised" into samples, which were then played by members of Herbert's band. The album, which is split into three parts, was recorded over three days in an Welsh countryside barn in June 2012. It will see release three months on from Herbert Complete, the exhaustive digital retrospective of the producer's work as Herbert. For an idea of what to expect, you can listen to "Part One" over at the Accidental SoundCloud page.
01. Part One
02. Part Two
03. Part Three
Accidental will release The End Of Silence on June 24th, 2013.