Mix the City Moscow: listen to the sound of Moscow

Mix the City is a global digital platform, created by the British Council together with Flying Object Studio and Roll Studio which unites cities and people. This is a unique project combining digital art, music and urbanism.

The idea of the project originates from Tel Aviv and belongs to Emmanuel Witzthum, a musician and the head of the British Council Arts department in Israel. The project has drawn up an unusual musical map of the world, where cities with different geographical and cultural coordinates become neighbours. Mix the City allows you to make unique video clips by mixing audio-visual samples, recorded by the musicians in the most interesting parts of their cities.

Mix the City Moscow

The Moscow feature of the website invites users from all other the world to discover the sound of Moscow and create their own mixes interpreting the atmosphere of the city.

Representatives of both modern and classical music scenes participated in the project. Twelve performers recorded their mixes exclusively for Mix the City Moscow, including: Mikhail Petrenko, a famous bassist, conductor Yuri Bashmet, electro musician Pixielord, Naadya and DIY-band Playtronika, gusli player Olga Glazova, neo-folk band Synecdoche Montauk, Moscow beat makers Kovsh Beats, male choir Doros, accordion player Evgeniya Popova, musician, producer and writer Oleg Nesterov and thereminist Petr Termen

The curators of Mix the City Moscow are Raphael Rundell and Joe Goddard of Hot Chip and The 2 Bears.

The creators have managed to show the special atmosphere of Moscow – a city that combines cultural heritage of the past with the new trends of the big city.

Each of the musicians created their sample in one of the city’s landmarks: Playtronica was filmed on the steps of the VDNKH, one of the most popular public spaces of Moscow with more than 80 years of history. Alexey Devyanin (Pixielord) creates his samples on the deck of a unique cultural centre, the Brusov ship. The theremin, a unique instrument played by Petr Termen (the great grandson of the instrument’s inventor Lev Termen!), sounds particularly interesting in the walls of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, while the voice of Mikhail Petrenko, one of the most sought-after bass singers in the world, echoes in the hall of Mayakovskaya station, one of the most beautiful stations of the Moscow Metro.

How Mix the City works

The Mix the City platform is easy to use; by clicking “make music” the user goes to the main page, where they can listen to 24 samples, mix them as they like with different sound effects into one video clip and then share the link with friends.

Create your own mix and share it with your friends on Mix the City Moscow!