Immersive soundscapes come to Morley

A sensory experience awaits visitors to Morley Gallery, London between 12 May – 12 June at The Engine Room, its second international sound art exhibition.

Twenty-two works from emerging sound artists from Singapore, Russia, Germany, Colombia, Italy, Canada, France, the United States and the United Kingdom have been selected for the exhibition following The Engine Room’s first international sound art competition. Alongside these works will be Aerial Aria in the aviary, a newly commissioned installation by established sound artist Janek Schaefer.

The Engine Room gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves in soundscapes, watch audio-visual works, experience the stimulating interaction of sound and video, and observe and interact with sound sculptures and sound installations.

Visitors to the free exhibition will be able to find themselves in a forest of radios surrounded by bird cantatas, witness the subtle cries of a wounded violin or experience a flirtatious dance between speakers, turntables and microphones. The Engine Room sets out to leave visitors with a fresh perception of the sounds that surround them.

Camilo Salazar, Morley College’s Programme Manager for Music Technology and The Engine Room curator says: I am excited to bring these outstanding works from our international sound art competition to Morley Gallery. These pieces make for a unique gallery experience with sound as the main focal point.”

The winners of the competition, selected by The Engine Room’s panel of experts, including electroacoustic composer Professor Simon Emmerson and established sound artists Ray Lee and Mira Calix, will be announced on the opening night of the exhibition on 11 May.

The Engine Room is an initiative by Morley College, London, continuing Morley’s legacy as a leading centre for experimental music and sound art. The competition is supported by Sound on Sound, HHB, Academia, TC Electronic, Tannoy, Mogami, Bigger Boat and Genelec.

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