Embedded Residency

British Library Residency, 2015 - 16

The British Library is home to the UK's national sound archive, it holds one of the largest collections of sound recordings in the world. An archive of approximately 6.5 million items of speech, music and wildlife, which includes audio from the first ever recordings right up to those of the present day.

Sound & Music’s 'Embedded' composers in residents programme provided access to the British Library's Sound Archive, which was used for research and utilised to inform a body of new creative work.

Building from the previous projects Meh Mogya & More Mogya, research scrutinised audio and visual samples from the western region of the African continent, and was also informed by British Library’s exhibition 'West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song'. A presentation of new audio material was made at the LATE at the Library event 'Ghana Beats', additionally fellow Embedded resident, Aleks Kolkowski was invited to reinterpreted Achiampong’s audio work, using wax cylinder phonographs. 

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