Pig Music

But even Mr. Herbert was not prepared for the reaction to the idea behind “One Pig” (Accidental), his album being released on Tuesday. It tracks a single swine’s life from its birth on a farm to its slaughter 25 weeks later, using sounds from the pig’s environment.

One of the goals of “One Pig,” he said, is to reveal, through music, a reality of everyday life that people often wish to remain hidden.

“The pig is simply the most divisive of all animals,” Mr. Herbert, 39, said in an interview. “You probably come into contact with a pig product 10 or 20 times in one day, from ink jet paper to a glass of milk. And yet they’re the subject of so much scorn and contempt. I think it’s strange that we’ve built a society that’s so dependent on something, and yet we rarely give it a voice of its own.”

The album can make even the most committed carnivore squirm. But Mr. Herbert — who is no vegetarian — says he is not trying to dissuade people from eating meat. “The most important message of a lot of my projects,” he said, “is that I would like us to listen to the world a little more carefully.”

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Domingo Ruffner
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 18:43:44

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