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Doctor Rockit


Although his methods may provoke even more discussion than his music (a minimum of among chin-stroke types as well as the British and American dance music presses), Doctor Rockit’s Matthew Herbert can be an experimentalist of the subtle stripe, combining his love for many varieties of dance-based electronic music having a wish to push their settings of expression into new areas. Although Herbert researched music formally, a lot of his innovative impetus continues to be supplied by the compositional potential of digital sampling technology, which he liberally pertains to genres such as for example home, electro, ambient, and techno, fashioning paths of fine detail and originality from such mundane items of everyday activity as kitchen flatware, crockery, actually his personal body. Even though to begin his tracks to become released on 12″ arrived with the Common Language label connected with Global Conversation, the Horn, and Herbert’s personal Wishmountain task, he’s since released a overflow of material for the Crystal clear and Phono brands, as Doctor Rockit and Herbert, respectively. With Doctor Rockit, Herbert targets older- and new-school electro-funk and housed-up techno, fusing clangy, rattling beats with funny melodies and left-field examples and vocal snippets. Along with his eponymous task, Herbert produces the unlikeliest of experimental home tracks, working inside the genre’s feel-good, four-on-the-floor preparations while significantly tweaking its modus operandi. His personal approach has provided post-rave house’s stale comportment a terribly needed shot within the arm, and it has (relatively inexplicably) been broadly embraced among mainstream and underground home audiences as well. While carrying on to record for both Crystal clear and Phono, Herbert also used his remixing abilities to several notable performers, including friend Jonah Clear of Spacetime Continuum (both on the latter’s Remit Recaps remix LP and on his “Unusual Attractor” 12″ on Phono). Following a 1996 full-length on Crystal clear (The Music of Audio), Herbert came back to his Doctor Rockit guise in 2000 with Indoor Fireworks. [Find Also: Herbert, Wishmountain]

Quick Facts

Full Name Matthew Herbert
Profession Disc jockey, Music Producer, Film Score Composer
Education University of Exeter
Nationality British
Music Songs It's Only, I Hadn't Known, See You On Monday, Cafe de Flore, Moving Like a Train, Friday They Dance, Foreign Bodies, You Saw It All, People That Make The Music, The Audience, Got to Be Movin', The Movers and the Shakers, Leave Me Now, A Day at a Time, Brand New Love, Grab the Bottle, Something Isn't Right, You're Unknown To Me, oo Licky, Close To Me, Those Feelings, Veselka's Diner, The Final Meal of Stacey Lawton, Forest Montage, Kerstin Basler, The Truncated Life of a Modern Industrialised Chicken, Fat King Fire, Back Back Back Back, We Still Have, Around The House, Shuffler, These Branded Waters
Albums Bodily Functions, One Pig, Plat du Jour, Around the House, The Shakes, Goodbye Swingtime, The Mechanics of Destruction, Scale, Neue Meister Live in Berlin, Fatherland (Original Music From The Stage Show), Secondhand Sounds: Herbert Remixes, Secondhand Sounds, Herbert Complete, There's Me and There's You, Indoor Fireworks, One Club, Wishmountain Is Dead, Early Herbert, One One, Tesco, Chrysalis, A Nude - The Perfect Body, Tijd, Verbonden, A Day in My Life, The Unnecessary History of Doctor Rockit, One Pig (Micachu Remix EP)
Nominations WhatsOnStage Award for Best Original Music
Movies Disobedience, A Fantastic Woman, Life in a Day, Agathe Cléry, Life and Colour, Nailing Vienna, The Intended, Human Traffic

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