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.
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
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
About the production phase
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 a variety of 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.