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Creator of Frozen Planet soundtrack working with students on museum exhibition


A BAFTA award-winning sound-recordist who created David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet soundtrack will work with Leeds Beckett University students on a new project to be presented at a Yorkshire museum.

Frozen Planet

The way technology changes how we listen to music will be explored at the ‘Engi(heering)’ exhibition, which is being put together by students from the Schools of Art, Architecture and Design; Film, Music and Performing Arts and Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Thirty students have worked on the project and will present live soundtracks to rare silent films at The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, as part of their LATES series.

The project is being coordinated by Senior Lecturers Dr Bob Davis, Dr Tenley Martin and Dr Alan Dunn.

Dr Alan Dunn, Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, said: “Building upon a fantastic collaboration last year, we’re delighted to be working with the museum again and to have staff and students from three schools working together is a rate and exciting opportunity.

“We are taking the theme of ‘engineering’ and subtly turning it into ‘engiheering’ to think about all the ways in which technology encourages us to enjoy listening and making noises in new and strange ways.”

Some recordings will be developed beforehand with BAFTA award-winning sound recordist Chris Watson, who won a BAFTA in 2012 for his soundtrack on David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet. These will form part of a live soundtrack in the museum’s cinema space on the night.

The project builds upon last year’s highly successful ‘Journey through the Mirror Pool’ collaboration at the museum that was viewed by over 70,000 people at the museum.

Dr Dunn added: “On the night, the public will be able to experience some of our students doing live soundtracks to silent films, while we are creating an improvised orchestra and there will be exclusive performances from invited guests. The museum has already invited us back to chat about future projects.”

The exhibition will be held on Thursday 8 March, 6.30 – 9.30pm.LATES are adult-only, after-hours theme nights. Admission is free.

The LATES: Future Science events launches at the beginning of British Science Week at the National Science and Media Museum. The event will feature live bands, performances, talks and workshops. To book your place, click here.

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