Embedded Residency

Audio on vinyl record, 2015-16

Larry Achiampong was selected as one of Sound & Music’s Embedded composers in residency with the British Library Sound Archive.

The British Library is the repository of the nation’s sound collections - their Sound Archive totals 7 million recordings on a range of formats. Its holdings trace the history of recording technology, with audio artefacts dating as far back as 1880.

Achiampong spent 12 months in residency at the British Library between 2015 and 2016, immersed in the rich and diverse sound history to inform new creative work.

Building from his previous projects Meh Mogya, More Mogya, Achiampong’s research scrutinised audio and visual samples from the western region of the African continent, using British Library’s recent exhibition, titled - West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song as inspiration. Achiampong recently presented some of the new audio material, at British library’s event Ghana Beats, inviting Sound & Music’s other Embedded resident, Aleks Kolkowski to reinterpret Achiampong’s audio work, using wax cylinder phonographs.

Embedded is a Sound and Music composer and creative artist development programme, funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

© Larry Achiampong