Hello you. A very hasty update a very long way from home and on exceptionally dodgy hotel wifi to let you know about the Musicity event I’m taking part in on April 4th at the Royal Institute of British Architects in Central London. Featuring a programme of live music, sound installation, talks and readings, this evening of ‘stimulating sight and sound’ aims to ‘explore the ways in which artistic expression can be used to bring a new dimension to the way we experience cities and the world around us’, and is hosted by Musicity founder, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction host and broadcasting legend Mr. Nick Luscombe.
— Nick Luscombe (@nickluscombe) March 28, 2017
It is the continuing mission of Musicity to ‘encourage people to explore the city musically, architecturally and experientially by commissioning musicians to compose original tracks in response to a building, site or place in the city that inspires them’, and so to that effect I will be presenting a brand new bespoke work on the night that has been inspired by various recordings made during a recent tour of the Institute’s striking headquarters at 66 Portland Place, W1B. Needless to say the building had plenty of secret sounds to discover and I should quickly thank Meneesha and Gabrielle at RIBA for allowing me to experiment with playing back some of them on the venue’s PA system – sounded great but did rather spook one of the guided tours.
There will also be live music and talks from: Stick in the Wheel, Throwing Shade (Ninja Tune) and Sean O Hagan (High Llamas), as well as a sound installation by Audialsense, an audio performance by Kinetic Conscription and an awful lot more. Tickets and further details available here or by clicking on the above image. Really looking forward to this one – even though I haven’t quite had a chance to finish my piece yet. Will certainly have to roll up my sleeves when I make it back to Blighty…