Barbican Centre: Micachu
Sonic Journeys commissions artists to create new works inspired by specific stretches of landscape experienced on rural and urban journeys. The music is available for download so that you can listen to it as you take the same journey with the help of a map. You will find the audio file and the map in the Downloads section at the bottom of the page. And if you can’t make the journey, just sit back and enjoy this video of the landscape, together with the music it inspired.
Having studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Barbican Centre holds special meaning for Micachu (aka Mica Levi). Her Sonic Journey was inspired by a personal walk around the Centre and its locale, drawing inspiration from the textures and shape of the Barbican, both inside and out, in a musical response to the functional yet unique architecture that makes up the Centre.
Barbican Music commissioned Mica to create her Sonic Journey to tie in with two major events in 2011; the Barbican Gallery’s Laurie Anderson, Trisha Clark, Gordon Matta-Clark – Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970 and a major celebration of the music of Steve Reich, Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich. This film follows Mica’s longer version of the walk throught the Barbican, taking in the otherworldly conservatory.
Watch Chris Sharp, Associate Programmer at Barbican Centre, talking about Mica’s journey through the venue
Sonic Journeys is conceived and produced by sounduk. They would love to hear your Sonic Journeys so if these soundtracks inspire you to write music in response to a journey of your own, please click here.
- Barbican Centre: Downloadable audio
- To download the audio, right click on the link above and choose "save target as" or "save link as" from the menu
- Barbican: Downloadable map
- To download the map, right click on the link above and choose "save target as" or "save link as" from the menu