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Musicity x Culture Mile

New music inspired by City architecture commissioned by Musicity and Culture Mile in association with the Barbican

_10 architecture inspired tracks and VR video-art pieces created across Culture Mile

_Musicity x Culture Mile launches at Sound Unbound on 18-19 May 2019: a weekend-long  festival celebrating classical music from the mediaeval era to the present day

_Part of Culture Mile’s Play the Mile season 18 May – 25 August 2019

_Weekly free events throughout

Musicity x Culture Mile has commissioned 10 tracks from a diverse selection of artists as well as 3 VR video-art pieces which highlight the sonic landscape across Culture Mile.

Musicity works collaboratively across the disciplines of architecture, music, acoustic engineering and virtual reality (VR) to lay out alternative routes of experiencing contemporary cities. The interface it creates between architecture and music aims to reveal the intimate depth nestled in the acoustic qualities of our urban landscapes.

Following the collection and acoustic survey of 10 locations across Culture Mile conducted with Flanagan Lawrence Architects (award-winning architecture studio with a focus on acoustic and performance spaces) and Arup (global leader in acoustic consulting), Musicity assembled a wealth of perceptive musicians and sound artists to re-introduce human emotions into the architectural realm.

The 360 videos have been produced by dissolvingPath, Scott McPherson (amoeba.design) and Tim Grabham (iloobia) for Musicity360. The collective have reinterpreted 3 of these locations and associated tracks utilising techniques from the fields of typography, live video performance, animation, illustration and photography to allow users to experience these locations and the sound-art they inspired in entirely new ways.

Following Sound Unbound 2019, a series of weekly events will occur as part of PLAY THE MILE, a programme taking place across Culture Mile from 18 May – 25 August* which explores the value of play and creativity in everyday life.

The musicians and sound artists are: Fari Bradley, EMS Collective (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Kassia Flux, Robin The Fog, Alex Ho (LSO Soundhub artist), Emma-Kate Matthews, Tania Nwachukwu with Bump Kin, Craig Richards and Tom Richards.

The collaborating VR artists are: Scott McPherson (amoeba.design), Tim Grabham (iloobia) and Neil Cantwell (dissolvingPath)

The acoustic engineers are: Calum Ferreira and Edgar Svazas from ARUP.

The locations selected are: Barbican level -1 ‘Club Stage’, Barbican Lakeside, Barbican Sculpture Court, Beech Street Tunnel, The Charterhouse Chapel & Cloister, Fabric, subterranean spaces - part of the new Museum of London site in West Smithfield, St Bart's The Great, CityPoint, Smithfield Rotunda Gardens.

Musicity x Culture Mile is commissioned by Culture Mile in association with the Barbican.

Nick Luscombe, Founder of Musicity, commented:

‘After a busy 2018 with our work in London, Coventry, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, it’s such a pleasure to work on this project with our partners at Culture Mile and the Barbican, an area of London that I’ve always found culturally, historically and architecturally inspiring.  The musicians and sound artists have all engaged beautifully with the brief and the tracks that have been created as a result are incredible.’

Rachel Smith, Senior Producer, Barbican and Culture Mile commented:

‘Play the Mile runs from 18 May – 25 August and explores the value of creativity in everyday life. It is Culture Mile’s first season of extended activity and Musicity x Culture Mile in association with the Barbican is a great example of what we want to do: create new work, by a diverse range of artists which encourages visitors to explore the area and experience familiar places in new ways. Huge thanks to Nick Luscombe and his team at Musicity. We can’t wait to experience it and see Musicity x Culture Mile come to life.’

For more information, please contact Musicity: [email protected]