Jamie xx to soundtrack art exhibition at the National Gallery

The electronic artist will record a new track based on a painting from the gallery

Jamie xx is part of a new audio-visual exhibition set to launch at the National Gallery in London.

‘Soundscapes’ will see a number of musicians and sound artists creating recordings based on paintings of their choosing from the gallery’s collection. As well as Jamie xx, Fact report that Nico Muhly, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff, George Bures Miller, Gabriel Yared and Susan Philipsz will also be involved in the project.

Jamie xx and the other artists will each take over a different soundproofed room in the gallery’s Sainsbury Wing. The exhibition will launch this coming summer.


“When sounds have been composed in response to a work of art they can encourage – even compel – concentration,” Dr Nicholas Penny, the gallery’s director, said of the project. “Furthermore, it can combine with an image to captivate and transport us. Silence, afterwards, is not the same!”

Jamie xx’s solo debut ‘In Colour’ will be released by Young Turks on June 1 and features vocals from The xx‘s Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft, Young Thug, and Popcaan.

The electronic musician recently announced a trio of live shows in October. Jamie xx plays the following live dates:

London O2 Brixton Academy (October 15)
Manchester Albert Hall (16)
Glasgow Arches (17)