Hearing The Impossible with Matthew Herbert

11 May 2022 – 16 May 2022

Regular hours

Wed, 11 May
08:00 – 23:30
Thu, 12 May
08:00 – 23:30
Fri, 13 May
08:00 – 23:30
Sat, 14 May
08:00 – 23:30
Sun, 15 May
08:00 – 23:30

Cost of entry

The workshop costs €1299, inclusive of accommodation, excellent food and drinks (all diets catered for), transport from Toulouse and all activities. Grants, bursaries and discounts available, see

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Occitanie, France


Travel Information

  • Bus from Toulouse, or Saint Girons
  • Nearest station: Toulouse. Then bus.
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Live, work and study for five days in the epic French Pyrenees with acclaimed composer/producer Matthew Herbert


CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
Workshop dates: 11/05/2022 - 16/05/2022
Matthew Herbert is an award-winning composer, artist, producer and writer whose range of innovative works extends from more than 30 albums (including the much-celebrated Bodily Functions) to scores for Oscar-winning films (A Fantastic Woman) as well as music for the National Theatre, Broadway, TV series (Noughts and Crosses BBC), games (Lego) and radio. He has performed solo, as a DJ and with various musicians including his own 21 piece big band and 100 piece choir all round the world from the Sydney opera house, to the Hollywood Bowl and created installations, plays and opera.

He has remixed iconic artists such as Quincy Jones, Ennio Morricone, Serge Gainsbourg and Mahler and been a long time collaborator of Bjork's. He has had work commissioned by the Royal Opera House, the BBC and Deutsche Gramophon amongst many others but he is best known for working with sound, turning ordinary or so-called found sound in to electronic music. His most celebrated work ONE PIG followed the life of a pig from birth to plate and beyond. His debut book The Music published by Unbound in 2018 and he is the creative director of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Taking place at our facilities, in the surrounding forests, and out in the epic mountain landscape, Matthew's workshop will explore:

  • Different types of listening: philosophical, political, musical, technical
  • Working out different ways to record what it is we want to hear
  • Different strategies to edit/manipulate/compose/interact with whatever it is we've recorded

You don't need to be a composer to join this workshop - it's open to anyone interested in working with sound as a material. You'll work closely with Matthew over five packed days, developing new ideas around sound, recording, composition and making, listening actively to sonic environments both indoors and outdoors in the epic Pyrenean landscape, exploring field recording techniques to collect site-specific material and evolving new composition and production strategies. Finally, you will have opportunities to perform, broadcast, install and release the work developed via our in-house labels, radio station and network of performance venues.

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