Late London: Sonic City

September 6, 2014

You’ll usually find me tucked away in a cocktail bar come Friday evening, or at least sat in front of a film whilst tucking into a Dominos. One particular Friday a few weeks ago however, we decided to try something a bit different. As a Sound Engineer I think it’s fair to say that Oliver is somewhat obsessed with sound, in the way that it could be said that I obsess over the changing of the seasons just so that I’m able to give my new winter coat an outing. So fairly obsessed.

For this reason I’m often being invited to various sound related seminars and gigs – most recently an hour long talk about echoes and reverberation (yes, echoes) which was actually a lot more interesting than it sounds. It’s important to me to be able to share the things we’re interested in, and I love having the opportunity to learn new things I’d otherwise never have discovered.  So when Oliver invited me along to Late London: Sonic City, an event taking place at The Museum of London Docklands, I thought hey, let’s give it a go. I’ve secretly always wanted to visit one of the ‘late night’ museum exhibitions anyway, so managed to kill two birds with one stone.

The exhibition was slightly bizarre and difficult for a non-sound person to relate to. I can’t pretend I didn’t have to stifle a (childish) giggle when listening to some of the acts during moments I was supposed to be quiet and reflective, and the artwork I created during the Art of Listening was questionable to say the least. Other than the fact that I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, overall I had a great evening and really enjoyed sharing in something that my boyfriend loves. It proved to both of us that Friday nights don’t have to equal a food induced coma or a bar tab you’re going to regret the next day.

We did, of course, stop at the bar next door on the way home to ‘discuss the exhibition’.

Have you ever been to one of the London Late exhibitions? I’m on the lookout for recommendations!

Emma x

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