David Byrne’s ‘Get It Away’ Sound Installation Is Part Of An Interesting Residency Project In London
In February, David Byrne created ‘Get It Away’ a sound installation while participating in a residency for the project ‘A Room for London’. Byrne used field recording equipment to capture the city’s natural noises, which he then turned into a sound work. Here’s what he had to say about it:
I brought along some field recording gear to use while I was staying in the lovely pod/room/boat, I went out during the day and recorded sounds that I thought might be useful and evocative. It turned out that most of the sounds — even the church organ in Southwark Cathedral — seemed to converge around a common rhythm. It’s a bit too good to be true — that every large city should have its own rhythm, but here it is. I let the sounds dictate the groove, the tempo, and then I simply played along…London’s tempo is 122.86 beats per minute
A Room for London – the room Byrne stayed in – is a ‘boat’ perched on the very edge of the Queen Elizabeth hall at the Southbank Centre and is a collaboration between Living Architecture and Artangel in association with Southbank Centre and the London 2012 Festival. You can also rent the room throughout 2012 while organisers will continue to produce a programme of writing, performance and music during the year.
Let me know what you think of Byrnes’s recording.
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