Do you associate a place with a piece of music ? A new project is taking this concept a stage further by creating new songs and music inspired by the buildings of London.
Musicity London will run from the 23rd to 25th June and combines music, architecture and technology to build a living archive of the sounds of cities.
Artists involved in the project include Sean O’Hagan, William Doyle (formerly East India Youth), Throwing Shade, Stick in the Wheel, Hejira, patten, Moses Boyd (of acclaimed jazz duo Binker and Moses).
A new project which brings the buildings of cities across the world to musical life, will stage a weekend celebration of the architecture of London this June. Musicity invites musicians to choose a building and then create new songs and compositions inspired by the design, history or their personal connections to that place. The new track is then available for free streaming or download via the new, free Musicity app on any smartphone, but only at that particular location..
Created by BBC broadcaster, DJ and music curator, Nick Luscombe, Musicity is a new kind of travel guide to a city, exploring the ways in which cities influence the culture that emerges from within them and the melodies and stories inspired by our personal experiences of architecture. The plan is to build soundtracks of cities – with compilations of the tracks eventually being released as a physical box set.
The Musicity London event will focus on Southwark, one of the oldest parts of the capital, Contemporary architecture and old buildings coexist in a borough that takes in Borough, Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Walworth, Peckham, Camberwell, Peckham Rye, Nunhead and Dulwich. During the event, the buildings themselves will become venues for live performances and discussions. Musicity London is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017.
Among the 17 London compositions already completed are pieces inspired by Battersea Power Station, the BT Tower, Blackfriars Bridge and the Old Royal Naval College and covering all sorts of styles: pop, folk, electronic, ambient, modern classical and spoken word, to name a few. The project is not limited to London; so far, 43 tracks have been created across 7 cities, including, Oslo, Tokyo and Singapore.
A unique aspect of the commissioning process is that Musicity encourages all musicians to gain an understanding of the fabric of each space, by working with architect and sound artist Paul Bavister from architectural firm Flanagan Lawrence. Paul has visited the sites with the musicians, taking acoustic data (e.g. sound reverberation and clarity) from each building. This information helps to set the written music within the sonic constraints of the site itself, resulting in truly site-specific works.
Musicity London Dates: 23-25 June 2017
Friday 23rd June: Deli Felice – Italian delicatessen and sandwich bar within walking distance of Southwark Park. Event will feature talks and performances by Stick in the Wheel.
Saturday 24th June: Grand tours of Musicity locations and evening of music and talks (at location TBC).
Saturday 24th June: The Yellow House, Canada Water. Live performance by Stick in the Wheel.
Sunday 25th June: The Peckham Pelican. Tours, talks and playback of all 7 new Musicity tracks.
Full details of venues and event times at musicityglobal.com
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