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Sound Document - Leeds Central Library

On the 26th and 27th September 2015 we took over Leeds Central Library.

The survival of our libraries relies upon your support…….

Traditionally silent places, this installation challenged the notion of a library as a noiseless environment. The intention was to draw attention to the increasing pressures placed on libraries, not only through cuts in funding but also through the steady progression of the digital age, libraries must evolve and are evolving in order to survive.

This sound installation was produced from scratch in the preceding weeks. It drew upon both the experience of those who regularly use and rely on the library as well as the fabric and history of the grade ii listed building itself. Live musicians performed alongside recorded sound and music emanating from 26 separate speakers placed around the library.

The general public were encouraged to join in and were welcomed to bring acoustic instruments, an ear and an open mind.

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