The UK pavilion is inviting
people from around the world to tap a beat, hum a note, or belt out a rhythm
and take part in creating a tapestry of sound as part of its experience at Expo
Conceived by lead designer
Es Devlin OBE and brand experience agency Avantgarde, submissions from people
of any age, playing any instrument, will be woven by sound designers Polyphonia
into a seven-minute long ‘soundscape’. It will be a tribute to virtual choirs,
orchestras and music sessions that symbolise humanity’s resilience, creativity
and optimism that have flourished throughout the global pandemic.
By inviting voices from
Bangkok to Brighton and instruments from bagpipes to sitars, the crowd-sourced
composition will echo the pavilion’s goal of honouring the range and diversity
of ages, ethnicities and genders in the UK, reflected in its theme ‘Innovating
for a shared future’.
instruments melding with artificial intelligence and generative synthesisers,
the sonic journey will also highlight the melting pot of influences and genres
that have carried British music to the world, and built a reputation for the UK
in spatial audio design.
During Expo 2020, the
soundscape will be played in the Choral Space, the heart of the UK Pavilion,
which will be illuminated by glowing words donated by the millions of visitors
expected at the pavilion.
To become part of the
soundscape, collaborators are invited to record themselves singing or playing
one of eight different, pre-composed parts – four melodies, two instrumentals
or two simple rhythms and upload their audio (which can be recorded via cell
phone) into a simple online form.
For instructions on how to
participate, visit: http://bit.ly/UKSoundscape