Machine Project
September 3 + 4, 2011

Aquacoustica

A collaborative project of underwater musical performance and state-of-the-art ‘over-water’ live-electronic signal processing.

Being a passionate and experienced scuba diver for more than 10 years, Ulrich Krieger will dive into a pool in full scuba gear, tank and all, for at least 60 minutes. He will sit on the ground or swim around, producing underwater sounds with metal, stone, plastic, and other ‘waterproof’ objects, including ‘underwater didjeridus’, underwater singing, and plastic instruments, like blue toy saxophones. These sounds will be picked up by hydrophones and transmitted to Clay Chaplin, sitting above water, treating and signal processing these sounds to create an electronic ambient soundscape.

This performance will be taking place at the BELLYFLOP Gallery: “BELLYFLOP is a Southern California gallery space, theater, concert hall, disco, opera house, laboratory, auditorium and space of worship that appears as a full-water 10 ft.-deep swimming pool with diving board. BELLYFLOP emphasizes projects with ideas and executions that take risks, whether they glide smoothly or result in a mid-torso redness. Like the white cube galleries and black box theaters of tradition, BELLYFLOP’s aqua box comes with its own set of parameters to be explored in the fine arts. Visitors may wish to dress in water-appropriate attire.”

Editor: Shana DiMase
Camera: Emily Lacy

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