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[Audio] – Matthew Herbert – “Rendezvous” (2006)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 20, 2009

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Matthew Herbert – “Rendezvous” (2006)

Matthew Herbert can get a little polemical with his conceptualizations of his art; but fortunately for the listener (though he might disagree) whatever meta-concepts Herbert carries with his art, very little of it encumbers the music.  He can sample a McDonald’s wrapper and call it an observation on food politics; but it just sounds good to me, all technical innovation and political conceits aside.  That’s why this track seems to me to be what Reich is trying to achieve with his choral-sampling work, but never really has: where Reich can’t escape his ideas and isn’t the master of contemporary sampling methodology (much as he contributed to its infancy), Herbert isn’t afraid of beauty as an inherent good, and he has the chops to match his techniques to his ambitions.  This certainly isn’t house music (even by Herbert’s stretched definitions); but neither is it a severe, cold choral abstraction like Ussachevsky.  “Rendezvous” brings electronic dance music’s warmth to choral music’s structural nuances and creates an immensely listenable, immediate sort of high art in this score for a ballet.  [Herbert is featured here in a sultry Bill Evans-like idiom in a mix at Musicophilia.]

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  1. […] be made by three musicians, live, with no pre-recorded samples or backing tracks. Reminiscent of Matthew Herbert’s self-directed manifesto about how to proceed in electronic music, this approach requires technical […]


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