Matthew Herbert has announced that his next album will take the form of a book called 'The Music'. Herbert is crowdfunding the book, from which he intends readers to be able to construct the end result.
“For my next record, I will write a description of the record rather than make the music itself,” Herbert says. “It will be divided into chapters in the same way that an album is separated in to tracks. This is that book.”
“Each chapter will describe in precise detail what sounds to use, how they should be organised and occasionally an approximation of what the net result should sound like. Crucially it must be able to be recorded for real given enough time, access and resources. However, I will never make the record. It will always just be a description of the music itself.”
Brilliant. There are so many directions this could go upon release of the 'album.' If fans and other artists choose to participate with their own interpretations of the described songs then this project might keep evolving for some time. Herbert once again tickles my fancy for creative games and I'll certainly be following this latest endeavor closely.