Tonight!! – Virtual Premiere – Journey through the sounds of our city – Sonic Stops

Short notice but there is still time to book on this event if you are quick – book here

It will still be available to listen to online if you miss it tonight.

Music:Leeds and Abbey House Museum commissioned Leeds audio collective Better Songs to create a new piece celebrating the city’s musical landscape, in response to the Sounds of our City exhibition.

‘Sonic Stops’ allows listeners to trace the musical geography of Leeds, following the route of two existing bus journeys crossing South to North and West to East.

Through two soundscape compositions spanning the length of the bus journeys, listeners will move in real-time through musical ‘stops’ immersing them in some of the music styles, places and stories featured in the Sounds of our City exhibition.

Making use of audio from the archive as well as new collaborations with local artists, the soundscapes will weave together music, speech and atmospheric sounds to create a continuous journey and leave the listener curious to discover more.

Exclusively for the virtual premiere, the compositions will be paired with video footage created by Split Design that will take viewers across Leeds, first from South to North on the number 2 bus route starting at 7 pm, then from West to East on the 50A bus route, starting at 8 pm with each route lasting around 45 minutes.

The video footage from the two bus routes will transport viewers to the landmarks and sights of Leeds that have inspired Better Songs to develop their soundscapes, including The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Irish Centre, Roundhay Park and the West Indian Centre.

The soundscapes will remain available to listen to online or on the routes themselves when we are all able to get back on to buses as normal.

A link to watch the premiere will be emailed to all registered attendees shortly before 7pm on Wednesday 28th April 2021.