Friday is International Museum Day and to celebrate Sydney’s Australian Museum is throwing a listening party. And what better to soundtrack the occasion than French duo Air’s ambient 2014 album Music for Museum? The rare vinyl-only release was composed specifically to accompany a gallery visit.
The sonic exhibition will happen in the Westpac Long Gallery in the Australian Museum, which earlier this year won the prestigious National Trust Heritage Award within the Conservation (Built) category.
The dramatic-looking room has 200 treasures, and will also be filled with high-fidelity audio equipment provided by Synergy Audio Visual. And we’re talking serious equipment – from a Rega RP8 turntable to Sonus Faber speakers.
Classic Album Sundays (CAS) are also involved. Founded in London, the global record club hosts monthly events for music fans to experience influential and loved LP records, opting for spaces that are atmospheric and interesting. They’ll bring Music for Museum, which was commissioned in 2014 by France’s Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille as part of the Open Museum project. Only 1000 copies were pressed.
“This is a unique opportunity for music lovers and museumgoers to experience the only known soundtrack composed for a museum,” says CAS’s Jean-Philippe Ducharne.
AIR: Music for Museum will be held on Friday May 18 at the Australian Museum. Tickets are on sale here.