Beethoven: Idealist. Innovator. Icon.


British Library
December 2021

Clay designed and produced this multi-sensory exhibit for the very well received Beethoven exhibition at the British Library.

The experience was designed in response to a brief that mentioned bone conduction as one of the ways Beethoven improved his hearing in later life.

Displayed alongside some of Beethoven's original manuscripts and other personal items this piece encouraged visitors to engage with Beethoven's music using multiple senses in an intimate and visceral way.

Clay designed both the software required to visualise the music and the hardware required to produce the bone conduction effect on gallery.

The gallery version of this exhibit featured a range of Beethoven pieces. This video includes a section of Symphony No. 9 licensed from
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