Polyphonic Playground LAB




Wed-Sun 2pm-7pm

Free Event


Studio PSK’s interactive sound installation, which combines custom electronics, woven electronic textile and conductive paint, returns to London. Here, it is the central focus for experimental sessions led by musicians selected by NTS Radio where digitally crowd-sourced sounds augment their palette.

Polyphonic Playground is a site specific, interactive musical installation by Studio PSK, commissioned by Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion. It will be shown for the third time at LCF Mare Street during London Design Festival. Inspired by the inherent joy of using playgrounds as a child, this installation encourages adults to re-discover this experience of play. Taking the archetypal elements of a playground – swings, slides, climbing frame – and combining them with the musical mastery of beatboxer Reeps One , a landscape of playground activities are transformed into musical instruments when used. A timber framework creates the iconic playground pieces at adult scale. Combining these with custom electronics, woven electronic extile and BARE conductive paint, each object gains another level of interactivity.

During this series of LAB events, a selection of musicians carefully curated by NTS Radio, will explore the structure as an instrument through experimentation and rehearsals in front of a live audience. The LAB will allow the musicians to familiarise themselves with the installation and how best to utilise it in live performance. The culmination of the experiments will be showcased as a series of live concerts later in the year. A digital responsive iteration of the project will also be developed during the LAB, in collaboration with Creative Technologists . The digital interpretation will focus on exploring and engaging with the thriving online NTS Radio community.

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