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Absolutely Free, Korea Town Acid, more contribute to city-wide sound installation for TTC riders ‘A More Beautiful Journey’

Artists like Absolutely Free, Korea Town Acid, and more have come together to contribute to a sound installation called A More Beautiful Journey. The city-wide installation is in celebration of the The Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) 100th anniversary and the City of Toronto’s Year of Public Art.

A More Beautiful Journey features site-specific soundtracks for TTC riders, which will be available as part of a free augmented reality (AR) app. Starting September 1st, you’ll be able to listen to the project in the app.

A jury, made up of Cadence Weapon, Tuku Matthews, Mario Anzolo, Hugh Marsh, and Allison Cameron selected artists to contribute to the soundscape. Presented by Intersection Music & Arts with support of the Music Gallery, A More Beautiful Journey includes contributions from Absolutely Free, Korea Town Acid, Casey MQ, Prince Josh, TiKA, Jahmal Padmore, Emissive, Nick Storring, shn shn, Brodie West, OBUXUM, and more.
 

The project, which was conceived and produced by Dan Werb (Woodhands), Amy Gottung (Long Winter), and Joseph Shabason. Alongside the AR app launch, live concerts will take place at five different streetcar loops in Toronto. Listen to sets from the artists on September 1st from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Neville Park Loop, Humber Loop, Wolseley Loop, Long Branch Loop, and Regent Park Loop.

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“Four years ago, Dan Werb and I ran into each other at a movie premiere and started talking about how much we had been enjoying Japanese Ambient music,” Shabason explains of A More Beautiful Journey. “Dan told me about how one of our favourite composers, Hiroshi Yoshimura, had written short pieces of music for different subway stations in Japan where he lived. We both wondered what it would be like to try and get all the amazing ambient composers from across Toronto to write site-specific compositions for the subway stations in the neighbourhoods where they live and grew up… A kind of homage to these spaces that are so pivotal for this city running properly done by the composers who knew the spaces best.”

“Since 2019, the project has expanded into something much more exciting than our original idea,” Shabason adds. “Through geolocated sound software we are now able to get composers to score entire neighbourhoods and lines of transit rather than just one specific station. As riders move along streetcar and bus lines they will get an interactive musical snapshot of the city from a composer with connections to the neighbourhood that they are riding in. What started as a site-specific project morphed into a sprawling, ever-changing score for the entire city.”

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