A case of objects as part of the Sounds of our City exhibition at Abbey House Museum about music in Leeds.

Journeys through the Sounds of Our City – Sonic Stops: Virtual Premiere


28 April 2021

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue Abbey House Museum

Tags Adult, Event,

Watch the Virtual Premiere of ‘Sonic Stops’ by Better Songs: an audio-visual response to the Sounds of our City exhibition.

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Music:Leeds and Abbey House Museum commissioned Leeds audio collective Better Songs to create a new piece celebrating the city’s musical landscape, in response to the Sounds of our City exhibition.

‘Sonic Stops’ allows listeners to trace the musical geography of Leeds, following the route of two existing bus journeys crossing South to North and West to East.

Through two soundscape compositions spanning the length of the bus journeys, listeners will move in real-time through musical ‘stops’ immersing them in some of the music styles, places and stories featured in the Sounds of our City exhibition.

Making use of audio from the archive as well as new collaborations with local artists, the soundscapes will weave together music, speech and atmospheric sounds to create a continuous journey and leave the listener curious to discover more.

Exclusively for the virtual premiere, the compositions will be paired with video footage created by Split Design that will take viewers across Leeds, first from South to North on the number 2 bus route starting at 7 pm, then from West to East on the 50A bus route, starting at 8 pm with each route lasting around 45 minutes.

The video footage from the two bus routes will transport viewers to the landmarks and sights of Leeds that have inspired Better Songs to develop their soundscapes, including The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Irish Centre, Roundhay Park and the West Indian Centre.

The soundscapes will remain available to listen to online or on the routes themselves when we are all able to get back on to buses as normal.

A link to watch the premiere will be emailed to all registered attendees shortly before 7pm on Wednesday 28th April 2021.

Find out more about:

Better Songs

The Sounds of Our City exhibition at Abbey House Museum

Music:Leeds Launchpad Commission


The commission is part of the Launchpad project to support artists and emerging music professionals in Yorkshire, in partnership with Sounds of Our City Exhibition at Abbey House Museum, part of Leeds Museums & Galleries.

Launchpad is supported by Youth Music, with public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, alongside Leeds 2023 & Leeds City Council, and as a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner.

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