Sónar and Casa Batlló present the world premiere of Music:Response, a new experimental audiovisual installation from The Chemical Brothers and Smith & Lyall

Greetings Chemical brothers, sisters and siblings,

Casa Batlló and Sónar, two of Barcelona's leading cultural institutions, are teaming up to offer groundbreaking music and visual art experiences by internationally renowned artists with THE CUBE.

THE CUBE, a world-leading audiovisual space located in the basement of the iconic Gaudí building in Barcelona, kicks off on 24 May with the world premiere of Music:Response, a thrilling audiovisual installation featuring re-worked music by The Chemical Brothers, and kaleidoscopic visuals by Smith & Lyall.

With THE CUBE, Sónar and Casa Batlló offer a new narrative for audiovisual experiences, one that is built with pixels, high-end audio and input from leading artists, creators and engineers. More than a venue: it is a blank canvas for creativity that allows the participants to be transported into the heart of the music.

Gary Gautier, CEO of Casa Batlló, adds: "We have the perfect setting to make any artist's universe shine. A world-leading audiovisual space where artists can intervene with total creative freedom. It's the perfect canvas for any creator and, in it, The Chemical Brothers and Smith & Lyall have designed an audiovisual experience that will enchant more than just their fans".  

Visual arts and music come together in this collaboration that combines the musical curatorship of Sónar and the living museum of Casa Batlló, a monument that in recent years has reached a whole new audience through its commitment to innovation and digital art.  

On the collaboration, Enric Palau, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Sónar adds: “The creative universe The Chemical Brothers and Smith & Lyall present for live performances, many of which have been performed at Sónar over the years, is second to none, and Sónar is thrilled to be able to help bring their mould-breaking vision to a whole new audience with this collaboration.”

This artwork features iconic characters and abstract visuals made in reaction to THE CUBE space that play on feelings of tension and release. Inspired by the tradition of ‘Visual Music’, it offers a visceral, synaesthetic experience that allows visitors to feel the transformative and liberating power of music.  

Smith & Lyall add: "We are delighted to premiere Music:Response at Casa Batlló because Gaudí illustrates the freedom of expression to which we aspire. Gaudí created fantasy worlds with his buildings, with their own rules and logic. They are immersive environments in which you have the feeling of being outside the normal world, an escape from reality into the sublime. The Chemical Brothers' universe shares this same spirit and has also become a self-contained world".

Dates: From May 24 to July 31  

Times: Every day, starting at 9 p.m.  

Prices: From 15 €.

Tickets: On sale at casabatllo.cat. Limited capacity.


Smith & Lyall, in conversation at Sónar+D

On Friday 14 June, the artists will be discussing their work on Music:Response, and the thrilling visuals created for the Chemical Brothers live show over the years at the SonarAgora stage at Sónar by Day. More information on the talk and the wider Sónar 2024 program can be found here

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