V&A Dundee
Past Installation

MSCTY x V&A Dundee

Ran from 27 August 2021 to 26 September 2022
  • Dates

    Ran from 27 August 2021 to 26 September 2022

  • Museum Plaza and Locke Hall

Enjoy the museum’s architecture in an exciting new way

In partnership with MSCTY, we’ve commissioned two new pieces of music which respond to the architecture of V&A Dundee – inside and outside.

Inside the museum, be carried away with a soundtrack by Japanese composer and percussionist Midori Takada. Inspired by the natural materials chosen by architect Kengo Kuma, Midori has created a spellbinding soundtrack to welcome visitors to the museum. Based on discussions with Kuma exploring his architectural vision, this new composition is a celebration of creative forces coming together.

Outside in the plaza, walk through our iconic archway and experience a new composition by Dundee musician SHHE. Inspired by the sounds of the water around the museum, its rugged exterior and unique location by the River Tay, the music reacts to the movement of the pools and the tides, in response to the time of day and the prevailing weather conditions. This installation has been developed in collaboration with artists and designers Tommy Perman and Simon Kirby.

Midori Takada’s composition will be played at 10.00 and 15.15 each day inside the museum for 90 minutes, while SHHE’s installation will play in the archway beneath V&A Dundee from 13.00 - 23.00 each day.

Both soundtracks are also available on the MSCTY website.


Midori Takada

Midori Takada is a Japanese composer and percussionist, cited as being a pioneer of ambient and minimalist music across Japan. Working with the Rias Berlin Symphony Orchestra in Berlin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the 1970s, Takada sought to disrupt traditional expectations of percussive sound practices, looking to African drumming, Indonesian gamelan, Korean traditional music, and Japanese Buddhist music.

A collaborative ethos to sonic explorations throughout her career, including the establishment of the Mkwaju Ensemble, however, her solo record Through The Looking Glass – originally released in 1983, brought her work to global attention following an underground transatlantic reissue in 2017.


SHHE is Scottish-Portuguese artist and musician Su Shaw. Based in Dundee, Scotland, her artistic practice is influenced by environment, exploring themes of identity and connection at the intersection between sound and space.

SHHE’s eponymous debut album was released by One Little Independent Records and was shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year 2020.

A solo project musically but also a platform for collaboration, working on projects with filmmakers, dancers, visual artists and designers across all mediums. SHHE’s previous composition and sound installations have been presented at Summerhall and Cryptic Nights (Scotland), Hangar (Portugal), BFI and Sensoria’s FAMLAB (international) and the Westfjords Residency (Iceland).


MSCTY is the leading global agency for music and architecture, and explores new ways to experience the world through sound and space. MSCTY was founded in 2010 by London- and Tokyo-based BBC broadcaster, radio producer and sound collector Nick Luscombe, whose music presenting includes much-loved Late Junction programmes on BBC Radio 3 and the long-running Flomotion / New Ratio radio shows which he has expertly selected for over 20 years. He also currently presents weekly live radio shows at new innovation startup hub, CIC Tokyo.

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