The dancefloor professor takes on the Bard.

After unveiling a set of edible records earlier this year, Matthew Herbert’s latest project will see him representing the UK in a “musical tribute” to William Shakespeare led by the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The ‘New Shakespeare Songbook’ will be broadcast in various forms across Europe, including the BBC’s Shakespeare season marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

Herbert’s previous projects include an album made from the sounds of human hair and skin and a document of the life cycle of a pig, and he recently pressed a set of playable records made from tortillas, eggplants and ham, so setting some early modern English to music shouldn’t be too difficult.

French rapper Oxmo Puccino, Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun and Austria’s Eva Jantschitsch, aka Gustav, are among the other musicians taking part.

The project will produce seven new short films to be broadcast across Europe individually or in a 30-minute edited form, and it looks like Herbert’s contribution will be broadcast on Radio 3 on April 23 between 10pm and midnight on the Hear And Now show. [via Guardian]



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