Between Music – AQUASONIC

AquaSonic is one of the most spectacular and groundbreaking performances at Operadagen Rotterdam. –Volkskrant (NL)

Just as man is born out of water, thus is the music of AquaSonic. Here we experience the very conception of music. We literally witness how the music is born in the water and by the water, emerging from and struggling with the water. What AquaSonic creates is scientific research as well as investigative and experimental play with the wet element. What they have done is very original, both in thought and action. –Kirsten Dehlholm
Artistic Director and Founder, Hotel Pro Forma

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

Composer, and Performer: Laila Skovmand
Performer: Robert Karlsson
Performer: Morten Poulsen
Performer: Dea Marie Kjeldsen
Performer: Nanna Bech
Lighting Designer: Adalsteinn Stefansson
Sound Designer: Romāns Komars
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

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Touring

Capacity: 250 – 800
Stage: Proscenium, Black Box. Site Specific
Running Time: 55min
Availability: 2016 onward

Personnel (8)

Artistic Director, Composer, and Performer: Laila Skovmand
General Manager and Performer: 
Robert Karlsson
Performer: 
Morten Poulsen
Performer: 
Dea Marie Kjeldsen
Performer: 
Nanna Bech
Lighting Designer: Adalsteinn Stefansson
Sound Designer: Anders Boll
Technical Director: Claus Madsen

Tour Dates and Availability

Operadagen Festival, Rotterdam
May 27 – 28, 2016 @ 20:00hr
May 29, 2016 @ 11:00hr
operadagenrotterdam.nl

Technical

Tech Rider
Light plot
Video showing the technical setup of the stage with aquariums, pumps, water, cabling, etc

Press

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 Operadagen, May 29, 2016. 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