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Barbican Music Library

Barbican Music Library Free Exhibition

16 January - 2 May 2020
Tangerine Dream: ZEITRAFFER

Join us on an analogue journey through unseen footage, unpublished articles and original synthesizers with one of electronic music's pioneering groups. The band Tangerine Dream was founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese in West Berlin. They were early pioneers of electronic music, who, with albums like Phaedra and Rubycon, laid the foundation for new styles such as Ambient and Trance. Through uncovered photographs and videos, original synthesizers, cassettes and vinyl, this exhibition reveals London's key role in the international breakthrough of Tangerine Dream during the 1970s. Fast-forward to the present day, when synthesizers and sequencers are being continually rediscovered in music and pop culture and enjoy a retrospective ‘time-lapse’ (Zeitraffer in German) across the band’s influential 50-year history.

Visit us for:

  • The largest selection of CDs in any London public library with strong holdings across a wide range of genres, plus music DVDs
  • Sheet music and scores, music books and magazines
  • Listening booths
  • Music electronic resources
  • Friendly, expert staff

Piano hire

We have two electronic pianos available for customers to use, free of charge and we provide headphones in exchange for ID.

Pianos can be booked for up to one hour per day, either on the day or one day in advance. Any un-booked sessions will be available on a first come, first served basis to all users. Sessions may be forfeited if you are more than 10 minutes late.

Vocal scores and orchestral sets for hire

We can borrow orchestral sets and vocal scores on behalf of orchestras and choirs based in the City of London. To be eligible to borrow sets, your regular rehearsal venue must be within the City of London.

The following information must be provided when placing orders:

  • Name of your group
  • Composer, title and edition (where known) of the piece
  • Number of copies required
  • Date they are needed by (one month to six weeks notice required)
  • Date of your performance

Charges are per copy/set per day:

  • Vocal scores: £1 per loan and 25p overdue fines
  • Orchestral sets: £35 per loan per set and £1 overdue fines

Email the Barbican Music Library Team for all enquiries/bookings.

Unsigned London

Promotes music by artists without a record deal who are based in the London area by stocking their CDs in the library. We accept music of all genres and it is a great and easy way of promoting your music and attracting new fans as the public can borrow the CDs for free.

If you are a musician or in a band and you would like to donate a CD of your music to the library, drop by or email the Barbican Music Library Team

Gilbert and Sullivan Society Library

Barbican Music Library houses the Library of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society which is for reference only. For a list of items in the collection, and for further information, please visit the Gilbert and Sullivan Society website and use the link "Library List" on that page.

What's happening
Tangerine Dream: Zeitraffer
16 Jan 2020 - 02 May 2020
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library
Free, no booking required.

A free exhibition about the Krautrock band Tangerine Dream.

Find out more about Tangerine Dream: Zeitraffer
Material World
03 Apr 2020 - 29 Apr 2020
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library

Multiple interpretations of the Barbican come to life as six artists explore the meaning of this iconic place.

Find out more about Material World
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