Musicity commissions recording artists to compose original music in response to a particular aspect of their city that inspires them. These exclusive tracks are then geo-tagged to their locations throughout the city and can only be heard by visiting each location and streaming/downloading the music through the purpose-built app. The idea is to encourage people to explore cities architecturally, musically and experientially.
How to play
Visit www.musicityglobal.com/cities/seoul/ on your phone at each location to listen to these tracks.
(For iphone users, please allow geo-location on Safari setting to listen to the music.)
Connected City Musicity
Date: Musicity Web Application running 5 October – 5 November 2017 l Guided Tour programmes 27–29 October 2017
Venues: Hoehyeon Citizen Apartment, Dongdaemun Design Plaza(DDP), Seoullo 7017, Sewoon Electronics Department Store, Cheong-pa hill, Namsan Park(Baekbeom Square), Naksan Park
This project is supported by LG V30.
|1. Sound Systems by Steve Guy Hellier|
- Artist: Steve Guy Hellier, Sound Artist
Steve Hellier attended Goldsmiths in the late 80’s where he studied fine art. After leaving, he formed Death in Vegas with Richard Fearless writing and recording their first album “Dead Elvis” which gained commercial and critical success.
Steve has spent the last few years making audio related pieces for Musicity at Tallinn Music Week 2016, Museum of London “Deed and Prosper” and more recentaly a residency at WORM in Rotterdam and sound installation work at Resonant Edge festival 2017 (Edge Hill University). Steve has also been involved in Mark Leckey’s(Turner Prize winner 2008) recent film “Dream English Kid” which is currently on display at Tate Britain.
- Work: Sound Systems
Based on the idea of opposing "Sound systems" in a space with the audience watching from the side-lines. Each "Sound system" generates treated sounds from two distinct categories creating an aural tension between the "making" and modern "consuming" Seoul. The space between the opposing “sound systems” is mediated by dancers, trying to move/exist between the tensions present in the piece caught in the allegorical audio cross fire.
- Location: Hoehyeon Citizen Apartment
Two 10 floor apartment were built in 1970, where one of the two is demolished and the other is still in use. This building symbolizes economic development in the 1960s and 70s. This is the last civic apartment in Seoul. it is planned to be remodelled as an arts space and housing for young people.
|2. Follow the Flow by Hannah Peel|
- Artist: Hannah Peel, Composer
Based in London, UK, the Northern Irish artist, singer and electronic composer Hannah Peel released her new solo album Awake But Always Dreaming to great acclaim at the end of 2016. Drawing on personal experiences with her grandmother ‘awakening’ from dementia with music – Peel has described this album as ‘a dive into the rabbit hole of the brain’ and was awarded 'No.1 Electronic Album of the Year' by Electronic Sound Magazine.
A collaborator with the likes of John Foxx (Ultravox), The Magnetic North and OMD – Peels next instrumental ‘odyssey’ album for September 2017 takes a traditional Colliery brass band and synths to escape reality on a journey into space… titled ‘Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia’.
- Work: Follow the Flow (Ambient Electronic Classical)
From the flow of the river that used to be, I found an area immersed in rolling change, politics and mass crowd inundations. Zaha Hadid’s architecture follows this historical culture of Seoul and each unique curve and individual metal panel, in the heat of the day, allows a cool breeze to drift around the building. I felt calm and at peace. Sounds of the surrounding city distantly echoing through the smooth and graceful spaces, allowing the mind to wander and imagination soar. Allowing enough space for your ears and mind to wander through the curved white corridors and escape to the grassy roof and beyond, the mix of electronic and classical music echoes the metal, concrete and natural areas. With 40,000 individual panels making up the exterior of the building, I used the number 4 throughout – a tempo of 40bpm, 4 layers of audio, 4 vocals cues, 4 piano strikes from the grounds of DDP and 4 hits of a traditional gong I bought when leaving Seoul.
- Location: Dongdaemun Design Plaza(DDP)
DDP is a multi-cultural complex located at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station in Seoul, Korea. Since its foundation on 21 March 2014, DDP has staged diverse cultural events including exhibitions, fashion shows, product launch shows, forums, conferences and various cultural events. DDP is where new design trends begin and cultures are exchanged. It is a venue that introduces new products and fashion trends, that shares knowledge through exhibitions, and that offers diverse contents to experience new design.
|3. Seoullo by Gabriel Prokofiev|
- Artist: Gabriel Prokofiev, Composer
Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer, DJ and founder of the Nonclassicalrecord label & club night. Composing music that both embraces and challenges western classical traditions, Gabriel has emerged at the forefront of a new approach to classical music in the UK at the beginning of the 21st century.
- Work: Seoullo
In this composition I wanted to create a musical accompaniment to Seoullo.
Responding to the special sense of journey we experience walking on the bridge, the music moves through 3 stages:
i) Starting with the sense of mystery and the gradual feeling of escape from the busy city,
ii) Then moving into a warmer mood, observing the different people we pass, and also the different plants, trees, and city-scape beyond;
iii) Finally arriving at a feeling of elation and reflection as we start to relax and really appreciate the magic of Seoullo.
- Location: Seoullo 7017
The Seoul Station overpass was constructed in 1970s as a response to the growing traffic congestion in Seoul. For decades, the highway connected the eastern and western halves of the city. It is transformed into an elevated pedestrian walkway/linear park which opened on 20th May, 2017. Seoullo 7017 has gardens, terraces, and exhibitions and features 24,085 plants representing 228 species of trees, shrubs and flowers.
|4. In Numerous Rooms by Jang Young-gyu|
- Artist: Jang Young-gyu, Composer / Musician
Jang Young-gyu, a musician, composer, and member of Uhuhboo Project, Ssing Ssing, and Be-Being, has been involved in numerous projects in the fields of film, theater, dance, and visual art since the late 90s. He has shown experimental musical tendencies through textures of sound and segments of rhythm. Recently, he has been attempting to study the areas of traditional instruments, sounds and performances and to realize new structures of tradition by connecting them with contemporary music.
- Work: In Numerous Rooms
This work archives the Sewoon Shopping Complex, which contains the modern and contemporary history of Seoul, through sound. It collects, edits, and reconstructs sounds made in a motif of space, such as the sounds heard from there in the past or from movies set in and around the Complex. The mixture of the sounds that existed in that place and the imaginary sounds generated by the buildings of Sewoon Shopping Complex creates a layer of reality and the illusion of the buildings.
You can hear the sounds while walking around the central square of the building. The sounds heard while walking along the corridors of the spaces in which many people reside collide with the history of this particular place from 1968 to the present.
- Location: Sewoon Electronics Department Store(Sewoon Sangga)
Sewoon Sangga is designed by Korean architect, Soo-Geun Kim. It marks as one of the first modern building in Korea in the 1960s, and it is also the first residential-commercial complex as well as complex for home appliances. This complex enjoyed the economic boom in the 1970s before going on a decline as government went under a massive development projects in other areas such as Gangnam and Yongsan. In 2009, it was decided to demolish this building but in 2014 it was re-decided to keep it due to the concerns for the further recession of the local economy and disruption of the industrial ecosystem. ▶ Listening Spot
|5. A Memory Conveyed by the Wind by Kayip|
- Artist: Kayip, Composer
Kayip is a composer who is interested in capturing spaces which do not actually exist through sound, and has been working on music that focuses on the texture and tone of sound itself rather than melody. Recently, he has worked as a programmer and media artist, and has been working on reinterpreting existing spaces through sound and its visualizations. He majored in contemporary music at the Birmingham National Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory. He was selected by Brian Eno to take charge of arranging and editing the 40th anniversary performance of the Apollo Moon landing at the London Science Museum in 2009. He won the Aberdeen Music Prize for writing a new orchestral song for the BBC Scottish Symphony. From 2007 to 2010, he was selected as a composer for the UK's contemporary music support organization, “Sound and Music”.
- Work: A Memory Conveyed by the Wind
The Japanese government used the Yongsan district as a military area to build a Japanese residence on the prosperous Cheongpa-dong Hill. After that, Cheongpa-dong turned into a collage of landscapes created by numerous events as various architectural styles of different eras appeared. The emotions created by the scenery of Cheongpa-dong with such a background are well captured by the poet Seungja Choi's "Do You Remember Cheongpa-dong". Walking along an alleyway stretching along the hill leads to the illusion that her poetic words are realized and laid open. As I walked through the alleys of the town, I thought it would be more interesting to make a sound in response to the landscape reminiscent of the text rather than to make a sound directly in response to the scenery here, and to add it back to the actual scenery.
The music is accompanied by fragments of the poetic words constituting “Do You Remember Cheongpa-dong”, and a wind generating spot was installed for a windchime. The windscreen installed around the Cheongpa Hill visualizes the text and generates the sound of the wind through the windchime. The poem transformed into sound evokes old memories of Cheongpa-dong and the music created as a reminder of the space where the story of the poem happened is added to the sound of the landscape and the audience hears the combination of these two pieces of audio, walking along the alleys of Cheongpa Hill overlaid with the image of the poem. The disappeared memories seem to be like the wind that stays for a while before leaving again, evoking many stories that have passed through here in the form of sounds. There is nothing that exists forever, but there is nothing that disappears forever either.
- Location: Cheongpa Hill
Located near Seoul Station, it was a settlement for Japanese in the past and some of these houses still remain in this area. 1980s, due to urban environmental maintenance project, many of the hanoks(Korean traditional houses) were converted into villas and small sewing factories were gathered into the village, creating a unique feature. The panoramic view of the Seogyeo-dong can be viewed on the Cheopa Hill. ▶ Listening Spot
|6. Hanyang Nanbong-ga by Music Group NaMu|
- Artist: Music Group NaMu, Korean traditional music group
Music Group Tree is a group that deeply embodies the artistry and spirit of Korean traditional music, accepts various genres of music, and makes music that contemporary people can play together. Their music is characterized by improvisation through interaction, which has the great strength of gathering art forms from various genres and audiences together in one spot. Music Group NaMu has been working with artists from diverse fields such as dance, documentary, classical and jazz since 2013, showing audiences the creative ability and outstanding performance of the three musicians. For several years, they have been invited to various festivals, and have been proudly performing both traditional and contemporary orchestral music and have received high hopes from the Korean music industry.
- Work: Hanyang Nanbong-ga
There is a new view of Seoul from Baekbeom Plaza which is located between Hoehyeon-dong and the foot of Mt. Namsan. There are nicely laid-out trees surrounding the square which is quite spacious. In the high horizon, beyond a forest of high-rise buildings, a lot of apartments together with a village of houses where the hands of urban development have been slow can be viewed in one glimpse. Looking out at all of this, together with the Seoul City Wall which is just beside the plaza, it is surprising and delightful to discover the diversity that is mixed into the big pot known as ‘Seoul’.
From the early Joseon Dynasty to the present day, the walls of Seoul have been preserved for hundreds of years. “Hanyang Nanbong-ga” is a song about the flaneur of the past and the flaneur of the present, who strolls here and there, telling the story of the world from person to person while enjoying the flavor of that world. Music Group Tree composed a song with a new interpretation, containing motifs from the melody and lyrics of “Long Nanbong-ga” and “Sasul Nanbong-ga” which were sung in Hwanghae Province.
- Location: Namsan Park(Baekbeom Square)
Namsan Park is the largest park in Seoul and is home to many species of trees and plants. Baekbeom Square was created in 1968 to commemorate Korean independence activist Kim Koo. It is located between Children’s Square and Central Square in Namsan Park. Seoul City Wall was restored in 2013 in this section and this wall is connected to Sungnyemun. ▶ Listening Spot
|7. That Hill by Neon Bunny|
- Artist: Neon Bunny, Singer
Neon Bunny is active at home and abroad, having received the Best Pop Recording award for Korean popular music when she debuted. She has been featured in local and international media such as Pitchfork and FADER in particular, and was recommended as “better K-pop” on John Oliver's Last Week Tonight.
- Work: That Hill
A meeting of traditional Korean trot melody and modern arrangements. What characterises this work are the reminiscences about the artist's joy and sorrow for their childhood memories, the artist's parents and their generation, and the arrangement of the chronological changes over time at Naksan Park.
Hating my poverty, I came to Seoul empty-handed
My father still has that boy in his eyes.
I wanted my child to have a better life than mine.
Not a single ring shines on my mother's fingers.
Going up the hill again today, I miss the days of long ago
When the sunset rolls over the alley, all those cold-hearted years make me cry.
Out of breath on the staircase of the steep hill
I hear the sound of rice cooking over a low wall.
A round moon over a white stone wall
The rattling sound of the sewing machine never ends.
- Location: Naksan Park
Naksan Park gets its name from its camel hump-like appearance. In Korean ‘nakta’ means camel and ‘san’ means mountain. So people refer to the park as Nakta Park or Naksan Park. The mountain is solid granite bedrock. The Joseon royal family enjoyed the natural beauty of the granite mountain, but during the Japanese Colonial Period, a hasty manner of urban planning resulted in the demolition of most parts of the mountain. In an effort to save the remaining green belts, Naksan was designated as a park on June 10, 2002. Located in the centre of the Seoul, this historical and beautiful park allows its visitors to view the magnificence of the entire city. ▶ Listening Spot