Seoullo 7017: The Seoul Station overpass was constructed in 1970s as a response to the growing traffic congestion in Seoul. For decades, the highway connected the eastern and western halves of the city. It is transformed into an elevated pedestrian walkway/linear park which opened on 20th May, 2017. Seoullo 7017 has gardens, terraces, and exhibitions and features 24,085 plants representing 228 species of trees, shrubs and flowers.
Seoullo: In this composition I wanted to create a musical accompaniment to Seoullo. Responding to the special sense of journey we experience walking on the bridge, the music moves through 3 stages:
i) Starting with the sense of mystery and the gradual feeling of escape from the busy city,
ii) Then moving into a warmer mood, observing the different people we pass, and also the different plants, trees, and city-scape beyond;
iii) Finally arriving at a feeling of elation and reflection as we start to relax and really appreciate the magic of Seoullo.
Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer, DJ and founder of the Nonclassicalrecord label & club night. Composing music that both embraces and challenges western classical traditions, Gabriel has emerged at the forefront of a new approach to classical music in the UK at the beginning of the 21st century.