Explore Bristol & Bath's rich musical heritage with new digital museum project

Explore Bristol & Bath's rich musical heritage with new digital museum project

Posted on: 25 May 2021

Everything is Music gives users the chance to celebrate the people and places that form the Westcountry's musical identity.


Music lovers across Bristol and Bath are being invited to delve into the two cities' vibrant music scenes through new location-based digital museum project, Everything is Music.


Set to go live this Friday 28 May, the platform has been set up as a celebration of the people, places and projects at the heart of the Westcountry's musical heritage, inviting those involved in local musical communities to explain why particular locations are important to them.


From a broad spectrum of artists and venues to labels, festivals, record stores and prominent characters, stories of the past and present can be accessed from location-based pins dotted across the region.



Through photographs, audio, video, podcasts and other forms of digital media, the innovative Everything is Music project is set to cover more than 250 pinpoints in Bristol and Bath.


The platform will offer everything from first-hand accounts of St Pauls' iconic soundsystem culture to The Wurzels' connection to a beloved Nailsea pub, painting a fascinating picture of Westcountry music.


Music lovers can hear Portishead discussing the recording of their debut album from a renowned Bristol studio, learn the history of Bath's lost rock venue The Pavilion, and explore Bristol's flourishing electronic scene with the fast-rising women at its core.


Through a collaboration between Bristol's Crack Magazine and geo-location specialists Landmrk, Everything is Music harnesses cutting-edge mobile technology to create unmissable experiences for fans, including 4D audio-reactive visualisers and augmented reality archive material.


It's also hoped that the platform will guide users to independent shops and businesses that have endured an incredibly difficult few months as a result of the pandemic, with several pin locations to be found in record shops, music venues and other key spaces.


Participants will even have the option to buy music from the artists they discover through Everything is Music, through the use of embedded supporting links.



So how does it work?


Users can unlock content on their mobile devices at specific locations to uncover an extensive treasure trove of content spanning more than 70 years of musical history.


The platform is completely free to access, and doesn't require a download - all you need to do is head to the Everything is Music website on your web browser while you're out and about.


Once on the platform, you'll be guided to an interactive map showcasing all the available pins across the two cities, as well as your current location. You'll be notified when you approach a pin on the map.


While the team have already made strides covering a broad scope of the Bristol and Bath music scenes, they'll be welcoming suggestions for pins that they may have missed, with the inclusion of a 'Submit a Story' button for users to help expand the platform.


Participants will also be encouraged to make contributions to the project if they have the means to do so, ensuring the resource can remain free for all to access and available for future generations to enjoy and learn from.



Speaking ahead of Friday's launch, Project Lead Ben Price said: “Bristol and Bath has an incredible music heritage that has been thoroughly documented and exhibited over the years by some amazing researchers, galleries and writers.


“This project aims to celebrate, support and tell the stories of the amazing music in these cities in a new and engaging way – specifically by immersing people within the geography of both places.


“With Covid-19 restrictions being lifted, it seems like the perfect time to encourage people to explore their cities. What better reason to get out and about than to discover some amazing music and above all, the chance to educate yourself about some amazing stories?”


For more information on Everything is Music, or to follow news and updates ahead of its full launch, head to the platform's website or find the team on Twitter.

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Article by:

Matt Robson


Editor - 365Bristol.com & LOUD Magazine

Matt is a Journalism graduate and writer, passionate about supporting Bristol music, art and independent business. Get in touch via email at matt@365bristol.com.