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Bambooman, Pye Corner Audio and Object Blue bring sound back to Armley Mills

The project returns the rhythms and sounds of the working mill to Leeds Industrial Museum

Bambooman, Pye Corner Audio and Object Blue are to play Leeds Industrial Museum – a former wool mill in Armley – this April. Working as part of a project which looks to expand the museum's audience, the organisers have set their sights on bringing rhythms and sounds back to the mill, with several artists taking up residencies and working with local communities and neighbourhoods.

Bambooman, aka Kirk Barley, will be taking up residency followed by a final performance at the mill alongside Pye Corner Audio and Object Blue.

“I personally will be spending a week engaging with the local community, making field recording of the mill, local water wheels, steam trains etc, and even re-imagined industrial folk songs that workers at mills in the UK used to sing,” explains Barley. “I will then be forming a live set from these recordings.”

Final works will be performed on the closing night at Armley Mill on 21 April. Following the event, Barley says he will put all the recordings he made at the mill online for free.