The Recording: Record-Release-Party


Matthew Herbert and Band

18. – 24. September, 2014
„Open Space“ in the Tischlerei
daily 16:30 to 22:00h

25. September, 2014
Record-Release-Party
20:30h

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In an age in which anyone can presume to be a composer and an unfathomable amount of music is produced every twenty-four hours, Matthew Herbert asks are we still connected to what we hear? The internationally acclaimed artist well-known for his uncompromising attitude towards music and its making invites the audience and special guests – musicians, theorists and politicians – to take part in a unique creative process. For seven days he and his band will be in residency in the Tischlerei, which will be turned into a functioning recording studio. Their goal: to compose, record, and mix an album from scratch in one week’s time.

The Recording – the process of recording as well as the final album itself – will be a unique collaboration with both the audience and the opera house. Together they will delve into the role music plays in our lives, both as entertainment and the often-dismissed idea of it as an agent for genuine social and political change and try to answer, in both a rhetorical and practical way, the increasingly relevant question: what can music do anymore?

The Tischlerei will become an Open Space for listening, exchange and creation. Matthew Herbert is thinking about the following settings: a lecture, a bar, a playground, a pure academic exploration, an engineering master-class, a hacker meeting, a concert, and a nightclub. The experience will oscillate from very intimate moments with strangers telling us a story, to something very celebratory with 200 people making a noise at the same time, or just listening quietly whilst the band work out what to do next. During the sessions, the band will generate a live-feed, so that audience members, who have a laptop with them, can make their own version.

Matthew Herbert invites the audience to take an active part in this special creation and celebrate with him and his band when it is finished with The Recording Record-Release-Party.

Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.