Launching as part of London Festival of Architecture, Musicity x Low Line will see sites along the mighty Victorian railway viaduct, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, come alive with new music created especially for each site.
Fifteen musicians and recording artists have created fifteen audio tracks responding to locations in and around the railways arches which form the Low Line. Each composition can be streamed and downloaded free of charge but only by visiting each location with a smartphone. Once there, people can listen to the new music on musicityglobal.com (from 9am on Saturday 1 June) while taking in the architecture and neighbourhood that inspired it.
Musicity, launched by Nick Luscombe, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s greatly-loved Late Junction music show, is collaborating with the Low Line in the latest instalment of a project which gives buildings and spaces their own new soundtrack and invites musicians and recording artists to compose tracks for cities around the world.
The Low Line will be a new walking destination for London along the length of the mighty Victorian rail viaducts spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey. It will connect diverse neighbourhoods and communities in south London, creating new hubs of creativity, entertainment, and industry along its course. The Low Line celebrates the heritage of the railway arches which have been a part of the area for over 150 years, shaping places of interest along the way and unlocking their potential.
Among the buildings, streets and spaces along the Low Line being given their own soundtrack are Old Union Yard Arches (a new stretch of the Low Line, home to the Union Theatre, the Spanish Theatre Company’s Cervantes Theatre and The Africa Centre), Ewer Street (a secret part of Bankside just a stone’s throw from Tate Modern), Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, Vinegar Yard, The Biscuit Factory, Underdog Gallery and London Bridge Station.
Participating artists include multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper; London-based French composer, artist and musician Lola de la Mata; electro-acoustic composer Thomas Stone; ethereal vocalist Szjerdene; live Jungle and Drum & Bass mash-up artist Suitman Jungle; and Japanese-born, classically trained violinist and composer Chihiro Ono.
Full list of artists and their chosen Low Line locations:
Lola de la Mata – Old Union Yard Arches
Thomas Stone – Ewer Street
Szjerdene – Wardens Grove
The Memory Band – Flat Iron Square
Nabihah Iqbal aka Throwing Shade – Borough Market
Lossy - Southwark Cathedral
Suitman Jungle – London Bridge Station
William Doyle – The Shard
Gestalt – Vinegar Yard
Chihiro Ono – Bermondsey Street Tunnel
Tom Szirtes – Holyrood Street
Erland Cooper – Underdog Gallery
James Alec Hardy – Druid Street Wildflower Meadow
Frog Morris - Blue Bermondsey
Cunning Folk - Biscuit Factory