Doctor Rockit ‎– The Music Of Sound

Clear ‎– CLR424CD
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1 Lift Off 0:56
2 Cafe Beograd
Percussion [Wine Glasses, Cutlery & Furniture] – E.Tunakan*, G.Potuznik*, H.Udell*, P.Pulsinger*, F.Sokol*Piano, Accordion – M.Herbert*
3 Motel Rhythm 6:10
4 Babykiss 0:56
5 Prince Cha-Cha-Charming 5:37
6 Granny Delicious 1:34
7 Song Without Words
Electric Piano [Rhodes] – M.Herbert*Saxophone – F.Sokol*
8 Runner On Hastings Beach 6:10
9 Song Without Italian Words
Piano – M.Herbert*
10 Music Box 4:18
11 Male James Bonding
Electric Piano [Rhodes] – M.Herbert*Guitar – R.Vine*
12 37,000ft
Vocals – Terry Thomas
13 Hong Kong
Guitar, Vocals – R.Vine*Violin – M.Herbert*
14 Fruit Cocktail 1:18
15 A Quiet Week In The House 7:24
16 The Walk 6:46
17 Cup Quake 8:31
18 Theeeee Ennnnnd 0:50

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Mastered with Jacko and Rum @ Masterpiece, 4th and 20th September '96.
Designed and made in London, England by Clear.
℗ & © 1996 Clear.

Released in a Digipak with white tray, manufactured by J. Upton, England.

Track 1 recorded 03.09.96 with d.stobart by the river medway, kent.
Track 2 percussion sampled at cafe beograd, schikanedergasse, vienna, 21.05.96. cheap/clear cocktail tour 1996. piano accordion played in england.
Track 3 percussion sampled at moto rest just outside hamburg, 22.05.96, with p.pulsinger & h.udell.
Track 4 recorded in studio C104, old tiverton road, exeter, winter '93.
Track 5 recorded in swingtime, five oak green. percussion sampled from a tv/video remote control unit
Track 6 remixed sample originally recorded at monks road, exeter, summer '91. eaten by the doctor.
Track 7 recorded at danube canal studios, 18.05.96.
Track 8 percussion, jogger and seagulls sampled on hastings beach, january '95, with d. sinden as part of the film "coasting". recorded in swingtime, kent.
Track 9 recorded at piazza piattellina, florence, 07.07.96.
Track 10 recorded in swingtime, november '95, with h.udell. sounds taken from the family music box.
Track 11 sounds taken from a cardboard box and recorded in swingtime, summer '96
Track 12 percussion sampled at 37,000ft on flight BA706 to vienna with GFQ, c.poulton & h.udell. recorded at mixed at 13ft about sea level in kent.
Track 13 sounds sourced in hong kong by team shanghai, recorded in the u.k. august '96.
Track 14 recorded monday the 4th of april '94 in belmont road, exeter for XTV.
Track 15 recorded in swingtime with some keys, a chair and a book. written on the 3rd of september before the cut.
Track 16 recorded in fields behind five oak green on a sunny afternoon in june. first heard and seen 28.06.96 in the theatre piece "whose house is it anyway?" by p.clarke.
Track 17 cup and teaspoon samples originally taken in studio C104, exeter. reworked in swing time, september '96.
Track 18 recorded in swing time, london with an akai S612.

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  • Barcode (Text): 5021904052822
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): CLR424CD. MASTERED BY MAYKING

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CLR424 Doctor Rockit The Music Of Sound(2xLP, Album) Clear CLR424 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CLR424 CD.P Doctor Rockit The Music Of Sound(CD, Promo) Clear CLR424 CD.P UK 1997 Sell This Version


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February 6, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
I bought this back in the year it was released and listened to it a few times. Its gathered dust until I played it on a long drive recently. I agree with both reviews below. It simply doesn't work as an album. You have the momentum of Wishmountain-like tracks contrasting with quite decent deep house tropes but even more awkwardly the try hard 'sample-an-apple-being eaten and put it through the fx system' experimentation. Okay its interesting but I find it a bi self induglent in tat experimentation cannot be the work in and of itself; its a process used to arrive at the final product. I find Herbert least likeable when he privaleges this wonky 'style' as an end in itself at the expense of good music. At his worst he produces a kind of intellectual freeze-dried micro house that fails to move. And then theres the opening (????) Cafe Beograd which really is just pure kitsch. Looking past this.....don't be perturbed...there are a few tracks that are good on this and will prick the ears of discerning listeners. If you see it for a few bucks pick it up.


July 7, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

This is an 'eneven' album. However, while the uneveness is the albums biggest weakness, it is also paradoxically, its biggest strength. I dont like 'boring' albums. I like things to be 'happening' in my music and too my music. If you can imagine a food tasing event, where lots of little samples from different meals are tasted (and some of those tastings are absolutely gorgeous and some are ok). Thats this album. Overall, some very good electronic music, elevated to excellent by the aura of fun that pervades its production and consumption (if like me you like a bit of a 'discovery'). A bit uneven as an album? Maybe a little. But its definetly not boring.


June 30, 2004
edited over 14 years ago

Doctor Rockit, Matthew Herbert’s downtempo alter ego, brings his first album, The Music of Sound on the sadly defunct Clear label (Herbert, however, has grievances with the label -- but that’s a different story). The album skips willy-nilly across the globe, stopping by the Middle East for “Café Beograd” to “Hong Kong.” There are moments of absolute beauty, such as “Song Without Words,” and moments that are funkily askew, like “Music Box.” He also seems to be wrestling with his other guises: “Babykiss” and “Theeeee Ennnnnd” aren’t far removed from his work as Wishmountain. But “Male James Bonding” is pure Doctor Rockit, with its nimble spy funk, while “A Quiet Week in the House” is a subdued house track. Although the album as a whole is uneven, it’s still worthy every penny.