Event: British Library Embedded composers perform live

Aleks Kolkowski and Larry Achiampong
Thursday 12 January 2017
The Show Room
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Sound and Music in partnership with the British Library Sound Archive

Event: Wax and Dust: Experiments in Composition at the British Library Sound Archive

Artists Aleks Kolkowski and Larry Achiampong share their behind-the-scenes experiences of the British Library Sound Archive where they have been artists in residence for the last twelve months – the first artists to have had such access to the archive.

Presentations and performances from both artists will combine with an opportunity to hear from curators at the British Library Sound Archive reflect on the archive’s special collections and artefacts that have inspired the artists – from some of the earliest wax cylinder recordings to field recordings of communities performing throughout West Africa.

Building on his previous projects Meh Mogya, More Mogya, Larry Achiampong’s research during the residency has scrutinised audio and visual samples from the western region of the African continent, using the British Library Sound Archive as a source of inspiration to create a new vinyl LP, which will be launched on the evening.

Aleks Kolkowski’s work has focused on the wide-ranging collections of early recordings on cylinders and the vast Bishop collection of sound effects from the 1930s and 40s on acetate discs.

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Event details

Date: Thursday 12 January 2017

Venue: The Show Room / 63 Penfold Street, NW8 8PQ

Time: 7 - 9pm

Tickets:  Free event.  Join the Facebook event here>>

About the composers 

Aleksander Kolkowski

Aleksander Kolkowski


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.

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Larry Achiampong

Larry Achiampong


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.

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About the British Library Sound Archive

The British Library is home to the National Sound Archive, an extraordinary collection of over 6 million recordings. They date from the birth of recorded sound in the 19th century and are a treasure trove of living history. You can listen online to a portion of the sound archive’s collections on www.sounds.bl.uk


About Embedded 

Embedded is a Sound and Music composer and creative-artist development programme. Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the PRS for Music FoundationEmbedded places a selection of composers from a range of disciplines into extended relationships with leading national arts organisations.

Event details

Date: Thursday 12 January 2017

VenueThe Show Room / 63 Penfold Street, NW8 8PQ

Time: 7 - 9pm

Tickets: Free event.  Join the Facebook event here>>

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