Lawrence Azerrad co-curates epic virtual exhibition, Designing the Future of Music

There’s exciting features for Atlanta music fans too, such as an interactive sonic and walkthrough experience of The Dungeon, the original home and studio of Dungeon Family. VR platform Volta will also be hosting live performances by the likes of Imogen Heap.
Lawrence Azerrad is a two-time Grammy-winning graphic designer with a career linked intrinsically to the music industry, so his latest initiative Designing the Future of Music has been something of a passion project. Around seven years ago, he began to notice “a substantial transformation in the role that album artwork played in our lives,” he says, in how “folks were connecting to, valuing and utilising music”. Therefore he set out to “uncover new ways to celebrate and elevate the full spectrum of the music experience and the role that design can play in this”. The latest outlet for Azerrad’s research is an epic virtual exhibition hosted by the Museum of Design Atlanta, and explores – via an excitingly diverse and multidisciplinary set of works – how design and art for music can amplify its messages and forge deeper connections with society.
The show is packed with fascinating work and stories, offering plenty for even the most knowledgable design and music aficionados to discover. Among the music-inspired exhibits is an interview with Peter Saville, work by London-based photographer Adama Jalloh and illustrator Gaurab Thakali; an exclusive deconstruction of the artefacts created for the Shabazz Palaces’ film Welcome to Quazarz by Black Constellation artist Nep Sidhu; and new work from Atlanta-based freestyle organisation Soul Food Cypher. Alongside that there’s also exclusive interviews, process archives and prototypes from the designers, artists, technologists and filmmakers behind works for Advisry, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Burna Boy, Chicano Batman, The Church of Coltrane, Jidenna, Kazu, Fela Kuti, Sampa The Great, The Sex Pistols and Record Culture Magazine.