Musicity is a location-based, curated music platform that explores the intersection of music, place, memory and experience. Through smart phones, audiences can visit various locations to hear and download exclusive tracks.
The British Council launched Musicity TYO in March 2012 in Ropppongi, Tokyo as part of the major arts festival 'Roppongi Art Night'. We have commissioned 13 British and Japanese artists, including Nitin Sawhney, Fink, Ghostpoet and Stuart McCallum (The Cinematic Orchestra) from the UK, to compose original music in response to a building or location in Roppongi. Fink's contribution to Musicity is in collaboration with the singing synthesizer application Hatsune Miku - a hugely successful virtual pop star in Japan.
The programme aims to inspire people to see the urban fabric in new ways, encouraging them to explore the city musically, architecturally and experientially.
To celebrate the launch of Musicity Tokyo, a special talk and DJ session was livestreamed on 22 March via one of the most popular Ustream programmes Dommune, and special live performances were presented on 24 and 25 March at the Roppongi Art Night.
Musicity was first launched in 2010 in London by music curator Nick Luscombe and creative strategist Simon Jordan (founder of Jump Studios). From 2012 onward, the platform is due to take place in various cities worldwide including Singapore, Berlin, and Oslo.
UK Artists Listening Points:
Fink and Hatsune Miku @ Nicofarre
Ghostpoet @ Torii-zaka Slope
Stuart McCallum (The Cinematic Orchestra) @ The National Art Center, Tokyo
Nitin Sawhney @ Roppongi Crossing
Japanese Artists Listening Points:
Umitaro Abe @ Imoarai-zaka Slope
ECD @ Seijoki-dori Street
Shuta Hasunuma @ Roppongi Hills / Roppongi Keyakizaka Dori
Kaoru Inoue @ Roppongi Hills / Roku-Roku Plaza
Nobuyuki Nakajima @ Tokyo Midtown
OORUTAICHI @ Nogi Park
Righteous(Yabe Tadashi & DJ Quietstorm) @ Nishiazabu Crossing
Tenniscourts @ Azabujuban-odori Street
Yakushimaru Etsuko @ Nogizaka Ekimae Post Office x Posts
Special Live Performances curated by Musicity Tokyo @ Roppongi Art Night 2012
OORUTAICHI and Strange Kinoko Dance Company
Venue: Roppongi Hills Arena
Date: 19:30-20:00, 24 March 2012