Musicity Free Events | Rotherhithe, Peckham & Southbank

Musicity in Rotherhithe, Peckham and Southbank

Musicity June 2017Musicity seeks to encourage people to explore the city musically, architecturally and experientially by commissioning musicians to compose original tracks in response to a building or space in the city that inspires them.

This September the project comes to Southwark with borough wide tours and events.To celebrate the inclusion of Rotherhithe and Canada Water and Peckham as part of the latest iteration, there will be a series of talks, discussions and walks in Cafe Deli Felice at Albion St in Rotherhithe, a walk starting at Canada Water and more talks in The Peckham Pelican in Peckham. The launch event will take place at Southbank

What is Musicity?

Musicity: where you can experience architecture-inspired music and sound art in the very place that sparked its creation. Since 2010, Musicity has invited musicians and recording artists to compose tracks in response to buildings and locations in cities around the world. The resulting tracks are geo-tagged for a limited time so that when you physically visit the associated location, you can listen to that track, for free, on your smartphone via www.musicityglobal.com





The aim is to support and promote new music, but also to transform the experience of listening to it. In an age when so much music is available in an instant, Musicity wants to bring back the joy of seeking it out. They want their 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.

  www.musicityglobal.com

Launch Event

  • Thursday, 7th September | 6.30-9pm
  • Allies and Morrison, Southwark Street Studios, 85 Southwark Street, SE1 0HX. 

This is the launch event with talks from commissioned Musicity artists, architects and urbanists. and hosted by Nick Luscombe (Musicity)

Featuring:

  • Hannah Peel (Musician)
  • Paul Bavister (Architect at Flanagan Lawrence and Sound Artist)
  • Cara Courage (Collaborative Placemaker and Arts Consultant)
  • William Doyle (Musician)
  • Throwing Shade (Musician)
  • Sound installation by Audialsense

Music for your ears

Musicity has commissioned a series of brand new and exclusive tracks from some of our favourite artists, each of whom has creatively responded to an area or building in Southwark, south London. The musicians and their locations are as follows:

Moses Boyd – Canada Water Bus Station, Canada Water.

Stick in the Wheel – The Finnish Church, 33 Albion St, London SE16 7JG.

Sean O’Hagan – Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill St, Peckham, London SE15 5JR.

Throwing Shade – Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL.

William Doyle – The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG.

Patten – Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, New Kent Rd, London SE1 6TE.

Hejira – Time and Talents, Rotherhithe and Bermondsey.

They’ve also worked with sound artists/architects Audialsense who have created a piece for the HQ of local architectural institution Allies and Morrison.

All tracks will be available to stream for free from Thursday 7th September via your smartphone at the location that inspired the music.

If you save www.musicityglobal.com to your homescreen and allow Musicity to see your location you’ll be able to “collect” each track.




Talks and Playback at Deli Felice

  • Friday, 8th September | 6.30-9pm
  • Cafe Deli Felice At Albion St, 40 Albion Street, SE16 7JQ
  Register here

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Cafe Deli FeliceTo celebrate the inclusion of Rotherhithe and Canada Water as part of the latest iteration, Musicity presents a fascinating series of talks and discussions at Deli Felice, plus playback of the eight newly commisoned Musicity tracks.

The event is hosted by Musicity founder, Nick Luscombe.

Speakers include:

Plus a short live performance by Stick in the Wheel, so you’d better not missed it!





Tour – Musicity Locations (Elephant and Castle to London Bridge)

  • Saturday, 9th September | 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Cafe Deli Felice At Albion St, 40 Albion Street, SE16 7JQ
  Register here

Meeting at Elephant and Castle, to walk the Musicity sites to and around London Bridge. Limited free tickets (book on the link above). The walk will last approximately 1 hour

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Dr Cara Courage, placemaker, researcher and urban rambler, takes you on a walk linking the Musicity Southwark sites – a walk from Elephant and Castle to London Bridge. The walk will go at a gentle walking pace between the buildings and will rest at each to listen to the compositions, talk about the place and its architecture and the music inspired by it.

Tour – Peckham Sonic Walk by Siân Hutchings

  • Saturday, 9th September | 1pm
  • Meeting Point: Peckham Rye Park, Hut (Shelter) in the Japanese Garden.
  Register here

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This Sonic walk will explore the multicultural diverseness of Peckham. A sonic walk is a walk that explores the acoustic ecology of place and how we can understand our environments through an active listening process. We will begin the walk at Peckham Rye Park where we will listen to overlooked features of the environment using specialised microphones and radio devices. There will be discussions on the impact of sound in the soundscape of Peckham and together we will walk through the heart of Peckham rye and discover the multi-layered urban sounds that exists as Peckham’s daily composition. During the walk we will also listen to some of the commissioned musicians for Musicity and our crescendo will finish at Peckham Rye Library where we will think about how diverse sound is within our social and political culture. Finally this walk aims to prove why listening should come before hearing.

The tour will be conducted by Siân Hutchings, an artist whose practice is grounded upon how we can understand environments
through an ‘active’ listening approach. Her work often considers the equality of the senses and combatting ‘sonic competence’ first termed by Canadian composer and sound theorist, R. Murray Schafer. Her work often incorporates participation with her audience whether that may be through joining her on a sonic walk or generating sonic journals and listening to paint dry. Through her work, Sian aims to highlight the importance of sonic understanding and how we can navigate experience through a multitude of senses rather than just relying on the western dominant sense of the eye.

Sooski live at The Yellow House

  • Saturday, 9th September | 8pm – late
  • The Yellow House,126 Lower Rd,London SE16 2UE
  Register here

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Sooski (Live) and Nick Luscombe (DJ) on the decks

The wonderful Sooski will be performing at this Musicity Live event at one of our favourite local spots, The Yellow House, situated right opposite Surrey Quays station. The event is free but make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment!

More about Sooski here: www.sooskimusic.com

Musicity Rotherhithe Photographic Walk

  • Sunday, 10th September | 10.30am-1.30pm
  • Start and finish point: Canada Water station SE16
  Register here

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This photographic walk will explore the changed industrial landscape and buildings of Rotherhithe from the conservation area around Rotherhithe Village to the large expanse of water at Greenland Dock. The Rotherhithe wharves were among the first in London to begin the transformation from industrial to residential use that has changed the frontage of this section of the River Thames over the last thirty years. Yet the context of both the early history of Rotherhithe and the trading connections to the Baltic and Scandinavian countries can still be found in the architectural and social legacy that remains. Starting and finishing at Canada Water station the walk will be just over three miles with a brief stop for refreshments possible in one of the Rotherhithe’s historic pubs along the way.

Guide info

Anthony Palmer is a photographer and film-maker working on architectural and urban landscape projects. He leads photographic walks across London as well as architectural and building tours for the Royal Institute of British Architects.
www.anthonypalmer.me

Finnish Church. As the group walks from Canada Water to Rotherhithe, you will see this Finnish Church/Seamen’s Mission, the third in London, and which was consecrated in 1958. This architecturally notable building has a typically Nordic utilitarian design and is now Grade II listed.

Rotherhithe Village and Conservation Area, the small village centre is situated around St Mary’s Church, the Brunel Museum and the Mayflower Inn. The present church was completed in 1716 and the wooden framed barrel roof stands on four pillars which are tree trunks encased in a plaster shell. The communion table is made of wood from the Temeraire – as immortalised by Turner.

Rotherhithe Street alongside the new residential development fronting the Thames we will see evidence of industrial architecture from the docks and many converted dock buildings including wharves that were some of the first industrial to residential conversions in London.

Russia Dock woodland and Stave Hill Ecology Park, originally a dock for the import of timber from Scandinavia and the Baltic it is now a recreational woodland and has an artificial hill, Stave Hill, which was built using waste material and rubble. At 30 metres high it will provide us excellent views across the Thames to Canary Wharf.

Greenland Dock, originally known as the Howland Great Dock this was the oldest section of docks dating from the 1690’s. Now Greenland Dock is surrounded by residential townhouses and apartments and we will see how Danish and Swedish architects and developers have provided a notable Scandinavian design influence maintaining links to the social history of the area.

If the group agrees starting at 10.30 then the timings are Finnish Church 10.45 – Rotherhithe Village and Conservation Area 11.00 – Rotherhithe Street 11.30 – Russia Dock woodland and Stave Hill Ecology Park 12.15 and Greenland Dock 13.00. This leaves a bit of time to then get back to Canada Water.

(And if you feel like exploring event more, download the Rotherhithe Map in WISE16 )



Tour – Musicity Locations (Canada Water to Rotherhithe)

  • Sunday, 10th September | 11am-12pm
  • Start point: Canada Water station SE16
  Register here

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Dr Cara Courage, placemaker, researcher and urban rambler, takes you on a walk linking the Musicity Southwark sites – a walk around Canada Water and Rotherhithe on Sunday. The walk will go at a gentle walking pace between the buildings and will rest at each to listen to the compositions, talk about the place and its architecture and the music inspired by it.

Meeting at Canada Water Bus Station, to walk the Musicity sites around Canada Water and Rotherhithe.

Tour – Peckham Sonic Walk by Siân Hutchings

  • Saturday, 10th September | 1pm
  • Meeting Point: Peckham Rye Park, Hut (Shelter) in the Japanese Garden.
  Register here

Expand

This Sonic walk will explore the multicultural diverseness of Peckham. A sonic walk is a walk that explores the acoustic ecology of place and how we can understand our environments through an active listening process. We will begin the walk at Peckham Rye Park where we will listen to overlooked features of the environment using specialised microphones and radio devices. There will be discussions on the impact of sound in the soundscape of Peckham and together we will walk through the heart of Peckham rye and discover the multi-layered urban sounds that exists as Peckham’s daily composition. During the walk we will also listen to some of the commissioned musicians for Musicity and our crescendo will finish at Peckham Rye Library where we will think about how diverse sound is within our social and political culture. Finally this walk aims to prove why listening should come before hearing.

The tour will be conducted by Siân Hutchings, an artist whose practice is grounded upon how we can understand environments
through an ‘active’ listening approach. Her work often considers the equality of the senses and combatting ‘sonic competence’ first termed by Canadian composer and sound theorist, R. Murray Schafer. Her work often incorporates participation with her audience whether that may be through joining her on a sonic walk or generating sonic journals and listening to paint dry. Through her work, Sian aims to highlight the importance of sonic understanding and how we can navigate experience through a multitude of senses rather than just relying on the western dominant sense of the eye.

Talk and Playback Event at The Peckham Pelican

  • Sunday, 10th September | 5pm-8pm
  • The Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road, London SE15
  Register here

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Peckham PelicanTo celebrate the inclusion of Peckham as part of the latest iteration, Musicity presents a facinating set of talks and discussions at the much loved local gathering spot The Peckham Pelican, plus playback of the eight newly commisoned Musicity tracks.

The event is hosted by Muscity founder, Nick Luscombe and will be broadcast by Resonance FM.

Speakers include:

Disclaimer: The information in this site is subject to changes and cancellation. We always recommend to check with the organiser.

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