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The Journey

Having studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Barbican Centre holds special meaning to Mica. Her Sonic Journey is inspired by a personal walk around the Centre and its locale, drawing inspiration from the textures and shape of the Barbican, both inside and out, and will be a musical response to the functional yet unique architecture that makes up the Centre.

Barbican Music commissioned Mica to create her Sonic Journey to tie in with two major events in 2011; the Barbican Gallery's Laurie Anderson, Trisha Clark, Gordon Matta-Clark - Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970 and a major celebration of the music of Steve Reich, Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich.

As part of The Space from 29 June to 31 October, you will be able to download two exclusive free tracks again (a long, leisurely one for the weekend and bank holidays taking in the conservatory, and a shorter one for the working week) and instructions to your own mp3 player from sonicjourneys.co.uk and then embark on the same walks to experience the music on your own personal headphones whilst moving through the cityscape that inspired it, following Mica's instructions.

Don't forget to download the music and map before you leave for your walk and bring your own mp3 player and personal headphones! Fancy creating your own Sonic Journey and being part of The Space

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The Artist

Quite simply, there is not another young musical artist in the country like Micachu. With the universally acclaimed debut Jewellery (Rough Trade), commissions from the London Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta and the Barbican, plus tours with Deerhunter and Spoon, the 25 year old - aka Mica Levi - has quickly set out her stall as one of the most original, challenging and unique new artists in the country.

Equally at home making brilliant leftfield pop, as she is composing for orchestras and making mix tapes that mash up dubstep, grime, garage and pop, it comes as no surprise that Micachu's Matthew Herbert produced debut LP Jewellery is the aural equivalent of a chameleon: a multi-coloured, multi-layered conflation of ground breaking sounds and ideas.

Other projects include contributing to a remix album of konono no.1 alongside Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear - all of whom heaped praise on Micachu's debut album, Jewellery. Plus remixes for Owen Pallett (AKA Final Fantasy) and also Connan Mockasin. Rough Trade have also released Chopped & Screwed, created with the London Sinfonietta, which was performed live as part of Ether festival at the Southbank Centre.

The band is currently putting the final touches for their follow up album scheduled for release in July 2012. Micachu also recently collaborated with musician and producer Kwes for their special project Kwesachu. myspace.com/micayomusic.

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