Musicity London Architecture

Musicity London Architecture, Building Sounds, Acoustic Design, Artists Technology

Musicity London Architecture

Music, architecture and technology to build a living archive of the sounds of cities across the world

4 Aug 2017

Musicity London Architecture

Musicity London Architecture

MUSICITY – BRINGING MUSIC TO THE CITY, ONE BUILDING AT A TIME

 Musicity London: 8-10 September 2017.

 Music inspired by the buildings of London – from Borough Market to the Finnish Church,
Peckham Library to the Shard. Collect the set!

 Free events, including live music, talks, discussions and a photographic tour

 Musicity combines music, architecture and technology to build a living archive of the sounds of
cities across the world

 Artists include Sean O’Hagan, Moses Boyd (Binker and Moses), William Doyle (formerly East
India Youth), Throwing Shade, Stick in the Wheel, Hejira, patten

4 August 2017 – 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 September. 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, so using the ubiquitous technology used by millions to consume songs to make a deeper connection with the music.

Canada Water Bus Station London building

Canada Water bus station (Eva Jiřičná): London.

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.

Finnish Church London interior

Interior of the Finnish Church (architect Cyrill Mardall-Sjöström): Rotherhithe, London.

Running from 8-10 September, the Musicity London event will focus on Southwark, one of the oldest parts of the capital and an area in the midst of dramatic architectural transformation. Contemporary architecture rubs alongside old Thames-side pubs and warehouses in a borough that takes in Borough, Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Walworth, Peckham, Camberwell, Peckham Rye, Nunhead and Dulwich. Musicians with strong connections to the area are making music to be collected by exploring the streets with the Musicity app; and the buildings themselves will become venues for live performances and discussions.

Each Southwark location has been chosen and tracks created. Artists and their buildings of choice:

Sean O’Hagan – Peckham Library; Moses Boyd – Canada Water Bus Station;

Throwing Shade – Borough Market; Stick in the Wheel – Finnish Church Rotherhithe;

Hejira – Time and Talents, Bermondsey Street (Arts and Crafts former hostel);

William Doyle – The Shard; patten – Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.

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.

Among the artists already involved are Ghostpoet, Jon Hopkins, Ikonika, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Laura J. Martin and Mara Carlyle.  Artist Rough Fields has contributed a piece called ‘Our Streets’, inspired by the history of public protest around Artillery Lane at Spitalfields; Kelpe chose George Gilbert Scott’s Victorian Gothic Midland Grand Hotel and St Pancras station; The Simonsound decided to pick a building that is long gone, the near-mythical Skylon, built for the 1951 Festival of Britain but removed a year later.

The Shard London building

Shard (Renzo Piano) and London Bridge Quarter skyline: London.

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.

As well as making links with artists (and audiences for their work), an important part of Musicity is to forge relationships with urban planners, architects, landowners and developers; and to encourage them to involve the public in their projects, building a connection with the arts that is much more than cursory. Musicity has also provided solutions to some of the challenges faced by developers. For example, in Tokyo, Musicity commissioned a new track by Ryuichi Sakamoto at Isetan department store, which drew customers in via a specific doorway that was being ignored.

As presenter of BBC Radio 3’s highly-acclaimed Late Junction and a champion of new music, Nick Luscombe created Musicity to inspire artists by challenging them to respond to new subjects and to bring buildings and public spaces to life in an innovative way.

Nick Luscombe said, “I’m sure that I’m not alone in having strong personal associations between buildings and certain pieces of music. For example, Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe immediately brings to mind listening to ‘Fantastic Day’ by Haircut One Hundred on a summer afternoon in the 1980s.  In a slightly different way, ‘Court and Spark’ by Joni Mitchell takes me straight to Tokyo’s monorail, where I listened to it on my iPod. I can’t be the only one!

We’re inviting people to seek out all sorts of buildings, celebrated and obscure, in order to discover and collect the music attached to it. So, Musicity uses the technology of the smartphone to make new music available but preserves the excitement of discovering something new.  Composers and artists have long responded to the architecture of a city but, perhaps, in recent years, most music to be heard in a new building tends to be muzak. Musicity is definitely not about lift music! I hope we’ll be inspiring people to discover music that they don’t know they’re looking for. It will be like seeing a painting by Turner and being transported to the actual spot on which he was standing when he painted it.”

Artist Throwing Shade said, “I’m excited by the challenge of composing a piece of music around a particular place in London because it’s something I’ve never done before. I want to find out as much as I can about the relationship between sound, space and structure, and focus it into the inspiration for my music. As a born and bred Londoner, I feel that this project will help bring my creative process and music closer to my city.”

Sean O’Hagan said, “It’s impossible not to react to the physical environment within which we thrive. These structures are as much part of our character and culture as politics, ideas, books, films, art or events. Buildings drive my creative process. So much art is inward looking. Writing for or with a structure remains a rewarding, outward experience.”

Time and Talents Settlement building: Bermondsey, London

Time and Talents Settlement building: Bermondsey, London.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Musicity London Dates: 8-10 September 2017  

Full information and event details: musicityglobal.com

Event details and tickets: www.musicityglobal.com/events/

Events:  Friday 8 September, 6-9pm: Talks and Playback at Deli Felice, 40 Albion St, London SE16 7JQ

Architectural and musical talks and discussions, plus playback of Musicity tracks. Speakers include Ian Carter and Nicole Kearey (both Stick in the Wheel), Ian Rawes (London Sound Survey), Elizabeth Kane (writer), Paul Bavister (architect), Sian Hutchings (artist).

Sunday 10 September, 10.30am. Rotherhithe Photographic Walk. Start and finish point: Canada Water Station. Three-hour walk, led by photographer and film-maker Anthony Palmer, exploring the changed industrial landscape and buildings of Rotherhithe from the conservation area around Rotherhithe Village to the large expanse of Water at Greenland Dock.

Sunday 10 September, 5-8pm: Talks and Playback at The Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road, London SE15.  Panel discussions, talks, readings and Musicity tracks playback featuring Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas), Throwing Shade (musician/producer), Benedict O’Looney (architect), Melodie Leung (architect), Chisara Agor (musician), Simon Vincent (musician), Elizabeth Kane, Ian Rawes (London Sound Survey).

Updated 7 Jun + 26 May 2017

Musicity London Architecture

Musicity London Architecture

In light of the events of Saturday evening at Borough Market and the London Bridge area, and after discussion with Southwark Council, we have decided to postpone the whole of the planned Musicity event. Borough Market is right at the heart of the project in many ways and we all think it is wise to hold off for a while. The Musicity London event will take place from 8-10 September now, with press day and launch event on 7th Sept. We will return with revised details soon. Many apologies for any inconvenience.

MUSICITY – BRINGING MUSIC TO THE CITY, ONE BUILDING AT A TIME

 Musicity London: 23-25 June. Music inspired by the buildings of London – from Borough Market to the Finnish Church, Peckham Library to the Shard. Collect the set!

 Musicity combines music, architecture and technology to build a living archive of the sounds of
cities across the world

 Artists 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)

Canada Water transport interchange and bus station

Canada Water transport interchange and bus station (Eva Jiřičná): London.

Musicity media launch event: 6.30-9pm on Thursday 22 June 2017 at 85 Southwark Studios
Gallery, Allies and Morrison. Featuring talks, live music from Hejira & playback of all seven new
Musicity tracks.

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, so using the ubiquitous technology used by millions to consume songs to make a deeper connection with the music.

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.

Finnish Church London

Steeple (Grade 2 Listed) and Finnish Church (architect Cyrill Mardall-Sjöström): Rotherhithe, London.

photo : Tony Palmer

Running from 23-25 June, the Musicity London event will focus on Southwark, one of the oldest parts of the capital and an area in the midst of dramatic architectural transformation. Contemporary architecture rubs alongside old Thames-side pubs and warehouses in a borough that takes in Borough, Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Walworth, Peckham, Camberwell, Peckham Rye, Nunhead and Dulwich. Musicians with strong connections to the area are making music to be collected by exploring the streets with the Musicity app; and the buildings themselves will become venues for live performances and discussions. Musicity London is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017.

Each Southwark location has been chosen and tracks are being created now. Confirmed artists and their buildings of choice: Sean O’Hagan of the High Llamas – Peckham Library; drummer, composer and producer, Moses Boyd – Canada Water Bus Station; DJ and producer, Throwing Shade – Borough
Market; folk-punk artists, Stick in the Wheel – Finnish Church Rotherhithe; soul-funk trio Hejira – the arts and crafts former hostel, Time and Talents, Bermondsey Street; electronic musician William Doyle (formerly known as Mercury-nominated East India Youth) – The Shard; and electronic duo patten – Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.

Time and Talents Musicity London

Time and Talents Settlement building: Bermondsey, London.

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.

Peckham Library London building

Peckham Library by Alsop Architects: London.

Among the artists already involved are Ghostpoet, Jon Hopkins, Ikonika, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Laura J.
Martin and Mara Carlyle. Artist Rough Fields has contributed a piece called ‘Our Streets’, inspired by the history of public protest around Artillery Lane at Spitalfields; Kelpe chose George Gilbert Scott’s Victorian Gothic Midland Grand Hotel and St Pancras station; The Simonsound decided to pick a building that is long gone, the near-mythical Skylon, built for the 1951 Festival of Britain but removed a year later.

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.

As well as making links with artists (and audiences for their work), an important part of Musicity is to
forge relationships with urban planners, architects, landowners and developers; and to encourage them to involve the public in their projects, building a connection with the arts that is much more than cursory. Musicity has also provided solutions to some of the challenges faced by developers. For example, in Tokyo, Musicity commissioned a new track by Ryuichi Sakamoto at Isetan department store, which drew customers in via a specific doorway that was being ignored.

As presenter of BBC Radio 3’s highly-acclaimed Late Junction and a champion of new music, Nick
Luscombe created Musicity to inspire artists by challenging them to respond to new subjects and to bring buildings and public spaces to life in an innovative way.

Nick Luscombe said, “I’m sure that I’m not alone in having strong personal associations between
buildings and certain pieces of music. For example, Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe immediately
brings to mind listening to ‘Fantastic Day’ by Haircut One Hundred on a summer afternoon in the 1980s. In a slightly different way, ‘Court and Spark’ by Joni Mitchell takes me straight to Tokyo’s monorail, where I listened to it on my iPod. I can’t be the only one!

We’re inviting people to seek out all sorts of buildings, celebrated and obscure, in order to discover and collect the music attached to it. So, Musicity uses the technology of the smartphone to make new music available but preserves the excitement of discovering something new. Composers and artists have long responded to the architecture of a city but, perhaps, in recent years, most music to be heard in a new building tends to be muzak. Musicity is definitely not about lift music! I hope we’ll be inspiring people to discover music that they don’t know they’re looking for. It will be like seeing a painting by Turner and being transported to the actual spot on which he was standing when he painted it.”

The Shard building in London from North West

Shard (Renzo Piano) and London Bridge Quarter skyline: London.

Artist Throwing Shade said, “I’m excited by the challenge of composing a piece of music around a
particular place in London because it’s something I’ve never done before. I want to find out as much as I can about the relationship between sound, space and structure, and focus it into the inspiration for my music. As a born and bred Londoner, I feel that this project will help bring my creative process and music closer to my city.”

Sean O’Hagan said, “It’s impossible not to react to the physical environment within which we thrive.
These structures are as much part of our character and culture as politics, ideas, books, films, art or
events. Buildings drive my creative process. So much art is inward looking. Writing for or with a structure remains a rewarding, outward experience.”

Time and Talents London Musicity

Time and Talents Settlement building: Bermondsey, London.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Musicity London Dates: 23-25 June 2017. Full details of venues and event times at musicityglobal.com
Friday 23rd June, 7-10pm: Deli Felice – Italian delicatessen and sandwich bar within walking distance of Southwark Park. Event will feature talks and performance by Stick in the Wheel. Saturday 24th June: Grand tours of Musicity locations and evening of music and talks (location tbc). Saturday 24th June: Talks and live music by Hejira (location tbc) Saturday 24th June, 8.30pm: The Yellow House, Canada Water. Free, live performance by Stick in the Wheel. Sunday 25th June, 7-9pm: Tours of Musicity locations (times tbc) Sunday 25th June, 7-9pm: The Peckham Pelican. Tours, talks and playback of all 7 new Musicity tracks.

Musicity London Architecture information received May 2017


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