Between Music – AquaSonic

Tour Dates

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Operadagen Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands (World Premiere)
May 27 – 29, 2016

Diaghilev Festival, Perm, Russia
May 16 – 17, 2017

Iris Van Herpen Fashion Show, Paris, France
July 3, 2017

Sonica, Glasgow, Scotland
October 26 – 28, 2017

GAIDA Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania
November 5, 2107

Sydney Festival, Sydney, Australia
January 6 – 9, 2018


Outlook (BBC World Service) featuring AquaSonic, June 19, 2017
Jutland Station – AQUASONIC: AN EERILY PROFOUND UNDERWATER PERFORMANCE, Sanika Diwanji and Hon Sophia Balod, April 26, 2017
N Magazine (Norwegian Air) – Wet, wet, wet?
AJ+ Facebook Feature Video
Lateral Magazine – A gallery submerged
Review: AquaSonic is the most spectacular underwater opera – Frits van der Waa, Volg de Volkskrant, 5/30/2016
Between Music featured on Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone (BBC Radio 6)
Now This! – Viral Video Feature
BBC World Update – Dan Damon interviews Between Music
New Scientist – Interview and Feature
AquaSonic Musicians Invent New Instruments
AquaSonic: Danish Sound Art Project

Additional Videos

Listen with headphones or good speakers.
Breaking The Surface
AquaSonic – Trailer 2016
Full Video Document of AquaSonic at Åbne Scene, Aarhus, Denmark – April 2017. Password Only.
AquaSonic – Live Excerpt from Operadagen Festival, May 21, 2016 2016
AquaSonic at Godsbanen, Aarhus 2015
AquaSonic Live at Spot Festival, Aarhus 2015
AquaSonic Live Work in Progress, Aarhus 2014

In September 2013, the Danish music ensemble Between Music approached FuturePerfect to help produce its newest project AquaSonic. Over the next three years, FuturePerfect designed and implemented a multi-phase plan for completing and touring the work. This involved understanding the challenges of producing sound underwater, assembling the appropriate scientists and inventors who could build and tune a variety of instruments and solve numerous acoustic and aquatic problems, locate artist-in-residencies, create opportunities for presentation, and help to find additional funding and sponsorship. FuturePerfect worked closely with the Danish consulate in New York as well as members from the Agency for Culture and Palaces in Copenhagen. Between 2016 and 2018, FuturePerfect organized several performances of AquaSonic including the world premiere at the Operadagen Festival in Rotterdam in May 2016 and subsequent tours to France, Lithuania, Scotland, Russia and Australia.

About AquaSonic
AquaSonic is the most ambitious project to date from Danish ensemble Between Music. The work presents five performers who submerge themselves in glass water tanks to play custom-made instruments and sing entirely underwater. Transformed inside these darkly glittering, aquatic chambers, they produce compositions that are both eerily melodic and powerfully resonant. AquaSonic is the culmination of years of research into the exciting possibilities of submerged musical performance, breaking barriers and challenging existing paradigms. The artists conducted countless experiments in collaboration with deep-sea divers, instrument makers and scientists to develop entirely new, highly specialized subaqueous instruments. These include an underwater organ or hydraulophone, crystallophone, rotacorda, percussion and violin. The team also perfected a distinctive vocal technique for underwater singing. The result is a concert experience completely out of the ordinary; a deep dive into a magical new universe of images and sounds.

Credits and Collaborators
Composer, and Performer: Laila Skovmand
Performer: Robert Karlsson
Performer: Morten Poulsen
Performer: Dea Marie Kjeldsen
Performer: Nanna Bech
Lighting Designer: Adalsteinn Stefansson
Sound Technician: Romāns Komar
Sound Designer: Anders Boll
Preston Wilson (US), Consultant
Andy Cavatorta (US), Software Developer, Inventor, Musical Roboticist, Composer
Steve Mann (CA), Inventor and Consultant, Professor, Computing Engineering, University of Toronto
Ryan Janzen (CA), Inventor, Scientist and Composer, University of Toronto
Matt Nolan (UK), Electronic Engineer and Cymbalsmith
Kirsten Delholm (DK), Visual Supervisor

Co-production: Aarhus 2017 – European Capital of Culture
Support: The Danish Arts Foundation, City of Aarhus, DJBFA, DMF, SNYK
International Producer and Representation: FuturePerfect Productions