Happy Hour: Tales from the Bridge

Millennium Bridge

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A soundscape meditation on the history of the Thames

Be transported to a rainforest, revisit musical treasures or experience rare recordings for the first time, all within our Entrance Hall. Guest selectors will open your ears and mind in these regular Friday evening sound experiences. No ticket required.

Originally composed as a commission for the 2012 London Olympics cultural programme, this 3D soundscape was installed for eight weeks along the entire length of the Millennium Bridge and experienced by an estimated four million people.

This free playback in the British Library Entrance Hall is the first in a series of three presentations by Martyn Ware, and will be followed by Liquid Histories on 19 January and The Outer Reaches on 26 January. Martyn is well known as a musician with pioneering UK electronic groups Human League, Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation. He also is the founder of Illustrious Co Ltd with Vince Clarke which exploits the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique 3D sound technology in collaboration with artists, performers, museums and corporate clients around the world.

Composed by Martyn Ware for Illustrious
Co-created by David Bickerstaff and Martyn Ware
Script written by Mario Petrucci and David Bickerstaff
Commissioned by GLA

Part of a Season of Sound, celebrating the Library’s sound archive. Audio installation supplied by Bowers & Wilkins.


Name: Happy Hour: Tales from the Bridge
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546