Electronic Producer Matthew Herbert Releases an “Unlikely to Be Delicious” Tortilla Record


Electronic musician, producer and Björk collaborator Matthew Herbert just shared his new tortilla — er, album. Well, both.

As Fact Magazine reports, in a project called “Edible Sounds” — which will allegedly produce more music played off of food — Herbert has created a “playable tortilla record,” with the music laser-etched onto the surface of the popular enshroud-er of tiny meats and assorted vegetables. “It should be playable on a normal hifi, but [is] unlikely to be delicious,” Herbert writes on Twitter.

You’ll probably recall that, a while back, it was scientifically proven by Now Rapture Records that a tortilla record could be made, after a joke video of a tortilla spinning atop a turntable while “The Mexican Hat Dance” played in the background went viral. Matthew Herbert has taken it a step further, of course, in making an actual “release” of it after it was commissioned by Science Gallery London. (Though there are only twelve copies in existence).

This isn’t Herbert’s first time working conceptually with food and music — his album Plat du Jour was united by its strict rule of having every sound pertain to the food chain. “I’m not really sure what I have created, but I do know that I haven’t thought more about anything in my life,” he’d said of that album, noting that the specificity of a certain song using the sounds of 3255 people eating an apple was crucial to the album being exactly what it was. It had also included a song, “The Truncated Life of a Modern Industrialised Chicken,” in which, as Pitchfork wrote in its review, “massive coops of terrified chickens are heard alongside eggs bumping into Pyrex bowls to create bell-like tones.” So throw that in your tortilla.