Herbert started his music studies at Exeter University, where he became acquainted with aleatoric methods, that is to say, the role of chance in music making. He began recording under the name of Wishmountain and used also such monikers as Doctor Rockit, and Herbert.
His Around The House (1998) and Bodily Functions (2001) albums take the idea of interiority. The sounds of Bodily Functions are derived not from the house but from the very body itself, sounds sampled from the teeth, the bones, the eyes in the form of studied jazz.
In 2000, he had issued his Personal Contract for the Composition of Music (Incorporating the Manifesto of Mistakes). The very act of issuing such a manifesto, often compared to filmmaker Lars Von Trier's Dogme 95, sets Herbert apart from his more ideologically and conceptually taciturn contemporaries.
Herbert has never made any apology for addressing political issues directly in his music. In 2001, under his Radio Boy moniker, he released the freely downloadable Mechanics Of Destruction, on which the consumer detritus wrought by a range of big brands is recycled and reused musically.
From 2003 to 2008 he recorded three albums. On 2003's Goodbye Swingtime Herbert and on 2008's There's Me And There's You he assembled a classical music with computer effects. On 2005's Plat Du Jour, the theme is food, and the politics of its distribution and consumption.
And now, a trilogy. First, an album in which the sound source is himself alone – he plays all the instruments, even ventures to sing. The second is sourced from one night in a Frankfurt nightclub, while the third is sonically derived from the birth, life and eventual death of a pig.