Imogen Heap: The Life of a Song

Grammy Award-winning artist Imogen Heap will lead the seventh instalment of Brighter Sound’s Artistic Directors Series at Band on the Wall next week; an exciting project with a focus on cutting-edge technology, culminating in a unique, discussion-led exhibition on Thursday 6th October.

The Life of a Song will feature new music, visual art and discussion and explore the many elements involved in the creation and production of music. A group of ten up-and-coming songwriters, musicians, producers, entrepreneurs and video makers from across the North West will collaborate on the creation of a mini-ecosystem around specially-written music and film, which Imogen and the group will unveil for the event.

The group have an ambitious task ahead – to create, record, mix, master and release a song and video (to a live audience) in just five days – and document the whole process. The group will connect to Imogen’s pioneering ‘Mycelia’ initiative that uses blockchain technology to continuously record, trace and track ‘the life of a song’ – its journey from an initial spark of an idea right through to distribution online. By helping to create a networked database for music copyright information, Imogen hopes to challenge outdated music industry models, enliven the music ecosystem and create a fair and sustainable industry.

Please note that this is a discussion-led exhibition event with a live performance element, and is not an Imogen Heap concert.

The residency is produced by Brighter Sound in collaboration with Band on the Wall and is funded by Youth Music and PRS for Music Foundation.

Among the participants are Molly Lawes and Guillaume Dujat. Lawes, a composer and member of an all-female experimental pop trio, says “I am really excited about the residency with Imogen and can’t wait to collaborate with other amazing musicians and artists on this exciting, musical eco-system based project!” Dujat, who is currently a PhD research student at The University of Manchester, adds “It will be very interesting to look into the different composition processes that come from this collaboration on ‘The Life of a Song’.”

Meet all the musicians involved in the residency here

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Thursday | 06.10.16

Imogen Heap: The Life of a Song

Band on the Wall, Manchester