Matthew Herbert to make album using pig sounds

One of these animals is going to be a star. And a meal.
One of these animals is going to be a star. And a meal.

Matthew Herbert is an artist who's renowned for making music out of unconventional sounds, but his latest album, One Pig, might just be his maddest project yet.

Writing on new The Herbert Pig blog, he says: "In 2010 I will release a record entitled One Pig. It will be made up entirely of sounds made during the life cycle of a pig. I will be there at its birth during its life present at its death and during the butchery process.

"Its body will then be given to chefs new and old. There will be a feast and maybe a pair of shoes and a drum from the skin and a toothbrush from its bristles and ink from its blood. It will all be recorded and then turned into music."

You can see the swine in question in the gallery photo - it's the second piglet from the right. You'll recognise it from "the dark triangle on the rear right rump where it was bitten by its mother," says Herbert - that kind of tough love is probably good preparation for a career in the music business.

The pig has no plans to tour the album once it's been released - mainly on account of the fact that it'll be dead. Like some of the best rock stars, it seems that its talent will only be fully appreciated when it's no longer with us.

(Via Pitchfork)

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.