Bowers & Wilkins at Secret 7’’

Secret 7’’ is an annual event that combines music and art for a good cause – this year in aid of Nordoff Robbins. We are very proud to be able to contribute to this year’s exhibition ensuring that visitors can hear how great the records sound as well as appreciating the especially commissioned artwork.

We asked founder Kevin King about the exhibition.

Secret 7 has been going since 2012 producing over 2,800 one-of-a-kind records and raising over £105,000 for charity.

We take 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians around and press each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. We then invite creatives from around the world to interpret the tracks in their own style for every 7”. 700 sleeves are exhibited and then sold for £50 apiece. You don’t know who created the sleeve, or even which song it’s for, until you have parted with your cash – the secret lies within.

The seven tracks for 2015 are:

The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
Diana Ross & The Supremes – Reflections
The Maccabees – Go
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
The Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers
St. Vincent – Digital Witness
Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx)

Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, Julian Opie, David Shrigley, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Sir Paul Smith & Martin Parr have all sent us designs. They feature alongside a whole host of our favourite photographers, illustrators, painters, graffiti artists, sculptors and more.

This year we have an extended month long exhibition at Somerset House. Making sure it sounds great and that visitors can listen to our tracks was a big priority. I’m really happy that with Bowers & Wilkins and Rega’s support we’ll be able to do just that.

We have also programmed some extra special events to run alongside our show in 2015. A limited number of people will have the chance to record themselves live to vinyl at the show, as part of something we’re calling “The Public Records”. We’ve also enlisted the help of journalists and publications we love to put on a series of talks. Finally, there will also be a screening of The Chemical Brothers’ film ‘Don’t Think’ with Q&A from the Director.

Every penny of the profits from Secret 7” 2015 is going to Nordoff Robbins, a brilliant charity dedicated to transforming lives of vulnerable children and adults through music therapy.

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