WETPRACTICE Amember of the Between Music band rehearses a number with a custom-made instrument in a glass water tank in Aarhus, Denmark. —AFP

WET PRACTICE A member of the Between Music band rehearses a quantity with a custom-made instrument in a glass water tank in Aarhus, Denmark. —AFP

AARHUS, Denmark—Talk about fluid tunes: A bunch of revolutionary Danish musicians submerged like fish in an aquarium have created an underwater concerto with devices particularly tailored to resonate in a silent world.

In the central Danish city of Aarhus, a Godsbanen middle live performance corridor appears extra like a fish farm than a music set, with its jumble of water tanks, canisters, tubes, pipes and retrofuturistic objects.

One after the opposite, the 5 members of the Between Music band—Laila, Robert, Morten, Dea Maria and Nanna—descend into their very own particular person glass-paned water tanks for his or her newest challenge AquaSonic, the place they play the violin, cymbals, bells, a crystallophone with a pedal, and a sort of hurdy gurdy with a lengthy neck.

Hydrophones, or particular microphones that choose up the sound of the music in the water, amplify the sound waves, producing music that resembles the sounds whales make.

Captivating chant

A pioneer in the sector of aquatic music, Laila Skovmand wears a number of hats with the ensemble: she is inventive director, music and lyrics author, and vocalist. She sings each underwater and on the water’s floor.

Like a siren, her lips at water stage, Skovmand releases a fascinating chant.

“I’m an educated singer and I wanted to explore new songs. I got the idea that if I sang into the surface of the water I might get some other timbre, some delays, so I tried that,” she explains.

The group collaborates with engineers and makers of musical devices to develop waterproof devices whose sounds respect the harmonies composed by Skovmand.

“There are a lot of musical limitations. There are so many things we can’t play because of the struggle with the water, the struggle with the sound, but I think that what the water gives is that special kind of timbre that you can’t get in air,” she says.

Pink Floyd in sluggish movement

The ensuing impact is a sound nearer to an accompaniment for Tibetan meditation than it’s to chamber music. And it’s removed from different well-known tributes to water corresponding to Maurice Ravel’s “Fountains” or Luciano Berio’s “Water Piano.”

While the water transports the sound, it additionally stifles it and slows it down significantly: The impact is a bit like taking part in Pink Floyd or Jean-Michel Jarre in sluggish movement.

Musician and producer Robert Karlsson performs the violin—made from carbon fibre—and the crystallophone, a distant relative of the glass harmonica invented by Benjamin Franklin.

Nanna Bech performs the rotacorda, an instrument impressed by a conventional Byzantine hurdy gurdy. It has six chrome steel strings which may make sound both with a sustained pulling of the string or when fingered.

“It’s the only one in the world so I don’t even have a teacher. And that’s a shame!,” she jokes.

New factor in stay music

Skovmand additionally performs the hydraulophone, a kind of underwater organ.

“We want to show that the impossible is possible, to discover a new element with live music,” Karlsson says.

The band spends your complete efficiency beneath water, surfacing recurrently as a part of the choreography to take breaths of air.

Ahead of the latest Aarhus live performance, the ensemble spent virtually six hours in the tanks in one afternoon to organize for that night time’s 50-minute efficiency.

The water is saved at 37 levels Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).

“We do some diving training, practicing to hold our breath under water,” Bech explains.

Special singing approach

And she has developed a particular approach to sing beneath water.

“I can’t let the air bubbles get out of my mouth, because they will become bubbles (in the water) and that makes a lot of noise under water. So I can only make short notes.”

For Karlsson, making music in water has a magical impact on him.

“I’m actually not very fond of water personally. I can feel claustrophobic in a bathtub. But somehow when I get into this tank and am playing an instrument, I get calm and really secure,” he says.

Between Music is at the moment performing AquaSonic throughout Europe. After a world premiere in Rotterdam final 12 months, the band is now touring Denmark, and can participate in the International Diaghilev Festival in Perm, Russia, in May. —AFP

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