It’s music to our ears

The Chemical Brothers, Show direction by Smith & Lyall. Photo credit: Luke Dyson

The Chemical Brothers, show direction by Smith & Lyall. Photo credit: Luke Dyson


The Design Museum in London reopens today and with it one of the year’s most talked about exhibitions, Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers.

If you’re really lucky too, there are some late-night sessions in December still available to book, including some newly released New Year’s Eve slots. Get in there quickly as these won’t stick around for long though – we’ve been hitting the refresh button regularly to secure our own tickets!

So, is it one to rave about? The short answer: yes!

It’s also the first music-themed exhibition to be held at the Design Museum.

With your headphones on (you’ll need to bring your own with you), you’ll explore the hypnotic world of electronic music, from its origins to its futuristic dreams, considering how design, technology and innovation have informed the genre.

You’ll be transported to a club-like environment (remember those?) where lighting and video have been synched to a specially curated soundtrack by French DJ Laurent Garnier and a CORE light installation by 1024 architecture.

The work of Kraftwerk, The Chemical Brothers, Jeff Mills, Daphne Oram, Jean-Michel Jarre, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, Frankie Knuckles, Suzanne Ciani, Björk and Aphex Twin also make up this sensory spectacle.

Complete with a new series of live AV experiences and multi-sensory installations, you’ll be taken to warehouses and dancefloors across the world in celebration of rave and club culture. It is also your chance to step inside the visual world of The Chemical Brothers’ legendary live show with a three-dimensional immersive experience by creative studio Smith & Lyall – inspired by the electronic duo’s acclaimed "No Geography" Tour.

Curator Gemma Curtin said: “This exhibition, planned before any knowledge of Covid-19, celebrates the cultural impact of electronic dance music since the first experiments to create music from electricity. A music that became the soundtrack of people who resist and defy authority. It is painful, then, that a pandemic has forced the complete closure of London’s rich and varied music scene and financial hardship faces the music community for the unforeseen future. With the need for music appreciated as never before, in these challenging times we are delighted to be able to host an exhibition exploring this genre. London will not stop dancing.”

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers runs until 14 February 2021. Book your tickets here or join a virtual tour.


*Warning: This exhibition contains strobe lighting and flashing lights, which might not be suitable for people with epilepsy.

CORE – 1024 architecture – 2019 – G. Lefauconnier photography

CORE by 1024 architecture, 2019. Photo credit: G. Lefauconnier

Photo credit: Peter Boettcher

Kraftwerk. Photo credit: Peter Boettcher