One Pig: One Vegetarian's Nightmare
Get some pork on your fork, musically speaking.
Electronic musician Matthew Herbert's latest project, One Pig, turns the life - and death - of a pig into one hectic, conceptually confronting, album. Using the sounds of his chosen pig in a barn, musical instruments made from the pig's blood, skin and ears, and the pork for, um, artery clogging, now you, too, can listen to Herbert's pork feast, long after its death.
Herbert first announced the project in 2009 on his website with the following, incredibly wanky, post:
in 2010 i will release a record entitled 'the 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 it will all be recorded
and then turned in to music
meanwhile i await a call from the farm in kent to let me know that my pig is on its way. i will rush there with a camera and a tape recorder.
in herbert's honour, ive removed my capital letters, just to see if my prose becomes more poetic.
(gosh so this is tumblr hey)
i am oyster's resident vegetarian
when i read about one pig i almost vomited
i listened to the album and it scared me
i described it to my mum and almost cried
she told me, 'it sounds like a real ripsnorter!'
and told me i could use that joke in my article
mum lives on a meat farm
i dedicate this post to her
as i bring you the following sporktacular review:
herbert is a modern-day doctor frankenswine
he is an alright pigcussionist
to peta, he represents the aporkalypse
because he went the whole hog
i think he is not actually the wurst
but a little ham-handed
how will he bring home the bacon
when you can trot over to the guardian
and stream the whole thing online
Words: Madeleine Atkins