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Peter Adjaye 1383 - ORIGIN

Peter Adjaye 1383 - ORIGIN

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Audio Visual | Part of the coordinator's sound programme

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Currently on display in Gallery I

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Peter Adjaye is a conceptual sound artist, composer, DJ and producer specialising in cross-disciplinary projects. His unique background in mathematics and musicianship, combined with his Ghanaian heritage, informs his works which are often collaborative.

Adjaye’s new composition ‘ORIGIN’ is experienced as an immersive six-channel soundscape created especially for Architecture Room in this year’s Summer Exhibition, curated by his brother, Sir David Adjaye RA. The work is a 20-minute environmental musical journey through intricately layered instrumentations. Synthesized sound pallets are fused with angular Kora passages, low talking drum, west African percussions, and harp melodies. Environmental field sounds from nature are also layered into the work; listeners will hear bird calls, whistling wind, running water and crackling fire.

Adjaye has been working closely with his brother for over 15 years. He has exhibited his sound installations in numerous notable locations including the Barbican Curve Gallery, Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, and Somerset House, London. This work has culminated in the publication of Dialogues on Music for Architecture Records, produced in association with Vinyl Factory Records.

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