Musician records a pig’s life in sounds

19-02-2010 | |

A British musician has been frustrated in his attempts to record the sounds of a pig’s life, from birth to death, as he was not allowed to record the slaughter sounds.

The celebrated electronic musician Matthew Herbert called the animal’s slaughter the ‘crucial’ portion of his One Pig project.

“Rather frustratingly, and despite many phone calls, we have found it impossible to find an abattoir to allow us to record the death of the pig,” Herbert wrote on his site. “We found one farmer willing to let us record, but then the attending vet did not allow it.”

Pig recording plans
On his website, Herbert explained the plans for the recording. “I will be there at birth, during its life, present at its death, and during the butchery process. Its body will then be given to chefs new and old.”

He continued, “There will be a feast. Maybe a pair of shoes and a drum from the skin, and a toothbrush from its bristles, and ink from its blood.”

Born in mid-August, Herbert’s pig was finally killed away from the microphones. Herbert’s previous projects have recycled sounds from grave-sites, parliament and the human body.

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Vincent ter Beek Editor of Pig Progress / Topic: Pigs around the world