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Watch Matthew Herbert’s interview for Manchester's Music For A Busy City project

Artists will create site-specific sound pieces as part of Manchester Festival

This June will see the launch of Manchester International Festival's Music For A Busy City project, which commissions six composers to respond to various spaces in the city. The pieces are up to ten minutes long and will play on rotation in locations across Manchester from Victoria Station to Canal Street, allowing for visitors to hear each one in succession as they travel around.

Artists working on the project include Mohammed Fairouz with support from the Manchester Camerata orchestra, Philip Venables with both Manchester Camerata and performance artist David Hoyle, Matthew Herbert in collaboration with sound engineer Pete Cobbin, Huang Ruo alongside Manchester Camerata and Chinese sheng soloist Wu Wei, plus Anna Meredith, and finally Olga Neuwirth.

A series of short videos have been released to coincide with the event, one of which, featuring Matthew Herbert, we've got an exclusive look at. The video has Herbert discuss his project which incorporates the sounds of industrial revolution and machinery.

Music For A Busy City will run between 30 June–16 July. More information about where you can hear the pieces can be found on Manchester International Festival's website.