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A local collaboration teaming researchers from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University with the Urban Music Foundation finished on a high note with an immersive sound and art installation at Oxford’s Old Fire Station.

Epoch Episode 1 album artwork

The well-received Epoch: Human Innovation and Response exhibition took audiences on a journey through history and Hip Hop, exploring the cultural and technological influences on the signature sounds of five eras.

Five original Hip Hop tracks were produced for the recent exhibition, each influenced by equipment and production techniques of the period – from the RCA ribbon mic synonymous with 1950s rock n roll to the synth sounds and sampling techniques of the 1980s, through to the role of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in the composition of lyrics.

Oxford-based Hip Hop artist Rawz, Founder of the Urban Music Foundation said: ‘It's been such an amazing experience developing this project, bringing it all together and now sharing it with everyone at the Old Fire Station... the feedback has been wonderful.’

Read the full story on the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division website.