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Music for cycling through a dark tunnel

Cycling charity Sustrans have done a lot of incredible things, but top of the list has to be the Two Tunnels cycle route in Bath. It goes through, yes, two disused railway tunnels, one of which is so long that at times you will begin to wonder if you’re ever going to get out the other end (it’s actually about a mile long).

As if this incredible experience isn’t enough in itself, as you cycle along you will find yourself passing through a subtle but strikingly original music and light show, provided by United Visual Artists in collaboration with Warp recording artist Mira Calix.

Turns out this is an installation called Passage, consisting of interactive orbs that pulsate with light and sound as you cycle past. The music is vaguely modern classical in nature, which is all very middle-class Bath/Sustrans -but then I can’t imagine chart R&B or hip hop would work as well, and would probably result in lots of glue sniffing youths hanging out in the tunnels, which is not what Sustrans or the local council would want at all.

That aside, Passage is a great work. The light and sound complement each other perfectly, creating a surprising and intriguing atmosphere to ride (or run, or walk) through. If you haven’t been yet, put it on top of your list.