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Dr. Rockit


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Restless innovator, sampling wizard, classically trained pianist and superstar collaborator, MATTHEW HERBERT is one of electronic music’s most versatile and prolific figureheads. Recording under his own name as well as Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain, Radio Boy and others, Herbert has also produced and remixed artists as diverse as Björk, REM, John Cale, Roisin Murphy, Yoko Ono and Serge Gainsbourg.

The first Doctor Rockit releases were found on Clear, an influential label from the mid-nineties that was part of the movement away from club music towards more electro and jazz-influenced music. What started out as an Electro-based project soon became something else entirely as Herbert attempted to take the concrete ideas of the Wishmountain project and add musical elements to create more laid-back but heavily swinging tracks. The project developed considerably after live shows in Germany on a combined tour with Patrick Pulsinger’s Cheap Records in 1996. Clear released ‘The Music of Sound’ album in 1997, by which time the music had become an explicit diary of Herbert’s life. Recordings were, amongst other things, taken from places relating to Herbert’s childhood (‘The Walk’, ‘Runner on Hastings beach’) and restaurants and hotels visited in Austria with Patrick Pulsinger (‘Motel Rhythm’ and ‘Café Beograd’).

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