Embedded: British Library Sound Archive
Totalling 7 million recordings on a range of formats, The British Library is the repository of the nation’s sound collections. Its holdings trace the history of recording technology, with audio artefacts dating as far back as 1880.
The selected composers will each spend 12 months in residency at the British Library, immersed in the rich and diverse sound history to inform new creative work.
The successful applicants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the British Library Sound Archive by learning how to research and utilise the collections, studio facilities and sound recording equipment under the guidance of specialised subject Curators and technical staff.
Composers-in-residence: Larry Achiampong and Aleksander Kolkowski
Larry Achiampong's practice uses sound, live performance and imagery to explore representations of identity in the digital age and the dichotomies found within a world dominated by facebook/tumblr/youtube-based cultures.
Aleksander Kolkowski is a composer and violinist who uses historical sound recording and reproduction apparatus and obsolete media to make contemporary mechanical-acoustic music. His work invites us to listen to the present through the audio technologies of the past, through recordings, installations and live historical re-enactments.
Embedded is a Sound and Music composer and creative-artist development programme. Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the PRS for Music Foundation, Embedded places a selection of composers from a range of disciplines into extended relationships with leading national arts organisations.