In an age when music is so readily available everywhere in an instant, Musicity rewards those who choose to seek it out: “We want our audience to venture out, to be active not passive consumers of contemporary music, to explore cities, and to experience the urban environment in new and unexpected ways, through music that is entirely connected to it.” says broadcaster and Musicity founder, Nick Luscombe.
From 5 October to 5 November 2017, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, will be host to the sounds of three innovative British artists. Steve Hellier, Hannah Peel and Gabriel Prokofiev visited Seoul earlier in the year, supported by the British Council, to gather ideas for compositions inspired by the cityscape. Mobile phone users will be able to listen to the results as they walk around locations in the city thanks to Musicity’s use of geotag technology – once you reach a particular destination, the music composed for that location will begin to play.
“To come here and be invited to write a piece of music … is really exciting,” said Hannah Peel. “I feel quite honoured be a part of this beautiful collaboration between these two countries.” You can find pictures from Hannah's research trip here.
After studying fine art at Goldsmiths, Steve Hellier formed Death in Vegas with Richard Fearless. Their debut album Dead Elvis earned commercial success and critical acclaim. Steve has spent the last few years making audio pieces for Musicity at Tallinn Music Week 2016, Museum of London “Deed and Prosper” and, more recently, a residency at WORM in Rotterdam and sound installation work at Resonant Edge festival 2017 (Edge Hill University). Steve has also been involved in Turner Prize winning Mark Leckey’s recent film Dream English Kid.
Steve has composed music in response to the Hoehyeon Citizen Apartment in Seoul.
Northern Irish artist, singer and electronic composer Hannah Peel released her new solo album Awake But Always Dreaming to great acclaim at the end of 2016. Drawing on personal experiences with her grandmother ‘awakening’ from dementia with music, Peel has described the album as “a dive into the rabbit hole of the brain” and was won Electronic Album of the Year by Electronic Sound Magazine. She has collaborated with John Foxx (Ultravox), The Magnetic North and OMD. Her new album is a collaboration with a traditional Colliery brass band entitled Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia.
Hannah has composed music in response to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul.
Gabriel Prokofiev is a composer, producer, DJ and founder of the Nonclassical record label and club night of the same name. 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.
Gabriel has composed music in response to Seoullo 7017 in Seoul.
- Musicity is one of several other arts projects in Seoul at this time, running under the banner of Connected City, looking at how artists respond to and help shape the cities they call home. Find out more about Connected Cities and the wider UK-Korea season of arts projects here.
- In September, Musicity called on William Doyle, Sean O’Hagan, Hejira, Throwing Shade, Moses Boyd, patten and Stick in the Wheel to write music inspired by the London borough of Southwark. Listen to the results here.