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Audio tour in time – London Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in London has come up with a twist on the usual museum audio tour: a choral choir!

Careful research prepared music which would have been contemporaneous with the portrait sitters and their time of influence on British society.  The pieces are then sung by a specifically assembled Portrait Choir, together with voiceover by Simon Russell Beale.

“The idea is simple: this guide is a soundtrack to five centuries of magnificent portraiture – as well as feasting your eyes on the portraits, period-specific music will further transport you from 21st century Britain to the era each room evokes.” – from the introduction, Track One on the guide

Can sound and music help us seem to travel through time?

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Sound Sculpture – Janet Cardiff

Janet Cardiff heard a musical piece and immediately saw it as a sculpture. “Our ears are designed for 3-dimensional sound… the soundwaves hitting your body from 40 separate speakers in such a pure way, really affects you emotionally.  If it’s the right space, it really reverberates within your body”

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