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Matthew Herbert: Scale

Matthew Herbert is an ideologue. Like Lars von Trier did with his Dogme 95 rules for filmmaking, Herbert constructed the Personal Contract for the Composition of Music (Incorporating the Manifesto of Mistakes) in 2000. He doesn’t allow himself to use synthesizer presets, samples of other music or synthesized sounds that imitate instruments. Instead, like musique concrète, Herbert builds his luxuriant electronica albums by making samples-720 appear on Scale-from numerous sound sources and then warps them into melodies and rhythms.

While all that might be interesting to the eggheads, listeners are more likely to care about the results of the process, not the process itself. Well, dear listener, this egghead says you will be happy with Scale if you’re a fan of Prince, disco, art rock and experimental electronica.

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