Introducing Everything is Music, a digital museum project telling the musical history of Bristol and Bath

We’re proud to present Everything Is Music – a new digital museum project celebrating the music of Bristol and Bath. The project will go live on Friday (28 May).

For the last 18 months, we’ve been working with award-winning technology company Landmrk on creating a map with over 250 geo-tagged pins. Open the map on your phone and walk to the pins to unlock stories, sounds and experiences from the region’s musical past, present and future.

From punk acts like IDLES and Rita Lynch to Sarah Records and Tears For Fears, covering spaces like The Granary, Lakota, Moles and Thekla, we have been working closely with key voices and organisations from the region’s cultural community to tell new stories in a completely new way.

Exclusives from the map include a long-form conversation with Portishead about the recording of their debut album, captured at their Bristol studio, an immersive audio walking tour from DJ Pinch guiding users through key points in the story of dubstep, a celebration of the women who have reshaped and defined the electronic music landscape of Bristol, a walkthrough the various iconic soundsystems of St. Pauls Carnival and a spoken word performance from Solomon O.B. who last year performed at the historic toppling of the Colston statue.

The map is tied together by independent record shops and businesses who provide pins along the way. As venues and shops begin to re-open this summer, Everything is Music will hopefully drive footfall and bring music obsessives back into the spaces which keep the community thriving. Users are also encouraged to buy the music of the artists they discover or rediscover on the map with quick Bandcamp links on a huge number of pins.

As the research lead for the project, we are proud of the range and quantity of stories we’ve managed to pull together. But we know we won’t have covered everything. Head to the ‘Submit a Story’ button on the platform to suggest ideas to help expand the Everything is Music resource and the scope of the map’s size and content.

Everything is Music goes live this Friday (28 May) at Follow Everything is Music on Instagram for regular updates.

This project was funded by Bristol+Bath Creative R+D as part of the Creative Industries Cluster Programme from the Arts & Humanities Research Council as part of their Industrial Strategy. Everything is Music advises all participants to operate within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines and be respectful of people, place and property while doing the tour.