David Adjaye, starchitect on the rise, can now add record producer to his list of accomplishments. The Tanzanian-born British architect has teamed up with his musician brother Peter, also known as AJ Kwame, to release a vinyl record that brings together, well, architecture and music.
Dialogues, which will be released on Friday, July 8 as a double vinyl with a 16-page booklet by The Vinyl Factory and Music for Architecture, is a 10-track compilation of pieces that Peter created for his brother’s architectural projects.
The collaboration began in 2003 when David designed the Asymmetric Chamber for Manchester’s CUBE gallery and Peter wrote a piece called "Echoes" to play in the space. Peter also wrote compositions responding to David’s Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, the Dirty House in London (both of which you can sample below), and the Stephen Lawrence Centre (also in London).
Peter shared these thoughts about working with David with the Spaces:
David says I’m the ears and he’s the eyes. When I see architecture I hear sounds—I respond to the visual. David responds to sound—he creates with a soundtrack in his mind. He’s a very artistic architect. For Asymmetric Chamber, he drew a picture for what the sound would look like. I came back with a soundtrack the next day.
"Dirty House Music"
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