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The Horse

Matthew Herbert x London Contemporary Orchestra

Matthew Herbert in an open windowed stables

Electronic musician and producer Matthew Herbert performs a unique live show alongside the LCO, journeying into the origins of music, from its very beginnings to modern day electronics and sampling. 

Slowly and gradually accelerating, this unique live performance bases its percussion sound from the bones from a racehorse skeleton, with flutes made from its bones, alongside the traditional instruments of the London Contemporary Orchestra and samples of the horse’s life.

Layered with rhythms of instruments old and new which unite to a familiar sinfonietta style configuration, the music rises with the sampling of electronic loops, building to a crescendo, until all sound is replaced by a racehorse: living, breathing, running. What results is a compelling physical performance, as well as a musical one. 

Support comes from 
NYX (duo). 
Sian O’Gorman on vocals & electronics and affected string player Alicia Jane Turner, perform a flowing soundscape that shifts between ambient drone, layered contemporary operatic, and large swells of noise.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

Stage Times:

7.30pm event starts

NYX (duo) support: 35min

Interval: 20min

Matthew Herbert: 1hr 15min

Stage times are approximate and subject to change.

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