Matthew Herbert
The Recording

Matthew Herbert makes his debut on Foom with The Recording–an EP written, produced and recorded in one week in Berlin in front of (and with the participation of) a live audience. Opener “Day Three” is one of Matthew Herbert’s most exuberant dancefloor tracks in a while, its rhythms awash with mischief and urgency. “Day Five”‘ is all intricate, shuffling high-end, booming toms, reverb and piano, while the throbs, murmurs and restless percussion of “Day Seven” bring the EP to a close. Created from start to finish during a week-long residency at the Tischlerei Deutsche Oper, all the sounds used were recorded during the course of the residency.


releases November 22, 2019

Written by Matthew Herbert, with contributions from the band. All sounds harvested & recorded specifically in that week by audience members, and the creative team. A particular mention for Tina Thiede, who went to Romania by train to get sounds for the project in real time. With sincere thanks to everyone who contributed in practical terms, or with ideas, noises, with their dogs, or their ears.

Recorded and mixed on stage by Demus. Produced by Matthew Herbert. Mastered by by Andreas ‘Lupo’ Lubich at Calyx. Assistant to Matthew Herbert – Matthias Schneider. Artist Management by Mike Gillespie. Musicians: Tom Skinner, Sam Beste, Hugh Jones, Yann Seznec, Zeena Parkins, Amélie Legrand, Adam Goodwin, as well as members of the audience. Food by Rosie sykes.

Art by hopper with contributions from the audience, props dept, costume dept, crew, band. Commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tischlerei. Artistic Director Dietmar Schwarz. Tischlerei Sebastian Hanusa, Dorothea Hartmann. Set and costumes Hsuan Huang. Dramaturgy Laura Berman. Project Management Maria Kwaschik.

Additional contributions by Enrique Sanchez Lansch, John Parr, Jens Holzkamp, and Christopher White. So many people contributed that we will have certainly forgotten to mention someone. please accept our apologies in this case. Original design & layout by Hopper, adapted by Ben Freeney.

Published by Soundslike Music/Bucks Music Group UK. A production of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in co-production with Instrumental LTD. © Instrumental LTD 2019 ℗ Instrumental LTD 2019, under licence to foom.
lacquer cut by Mike Grinser at Manmade Mastering. Pressed by Sony DADC.

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