The 150-year-old underground water reservoirs in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg are a unique industrial landmark in Europe. The larger reservoir features five concentric circles around a tower. The reverberation time in the outer ring of the water reservoir is up to 18 seconds, shortening towards the inner rings. The smaller reservoir, with its column and vault structure reminiscent of a crypt, has relatively even reverberation times of 4 to 6 seconds.
Hydroacoustics will be one of the first festivals to deal scientifically and artistically with the subject of reverb. For the festival in October we have commissioned four composers to work with the unique acoustic conditions to develop site-specific compositions. The pieces will be premiered and recorded live.
We have invited German composer Sven Helbig, British born, Berlin-based cellist Lucy Railton, Lebanese-born musician, DJ and curator Rabih Beaini and Swedish-Polish composer, sound artist Marta Forsberg.
After the live presentations in an acousmatic setting, the reservoirs will open for free to visitors as walk-in installations (Sunday, 03.10). Everyone, including families with children, will then have the opportunity to explore these unique spaces and experience the compositions.
Friday, 1. October 2021 | Session 1
18:30 CET | Kleiner Wasserspeicher: Marta Forsberg
19:30 CET | Großer Wasserspeicher: Sven Helbig
Friday, 1. October 2021 | Session 2
20:30 CET | Kleiner Wasserspeicher: Marta Forsberg
21:30 CET | Großer Wasserspeicher: Sven Helbig
Saturday, 2. October 2021 | Session 1
18:30 CET | Kleiner Wasserspeicher: Rabih Beaini
19:30 CET | Großer Wasserspeicher: Lucy Railton
Saturday, 2. October 2021 | Session 2
20:30 CET | Kleiner Wasserspeicher: Rabih Beaini
21:30 CET | Großer Wasserspeicher: Lucy Railton
Sunday, 3. October 2021 | Open doors, free entry | 14-18:00
Hydroacoustics — A festival for scientific and artistic exploration of the subject of reverb in Berlin’s unique water reservoirs.
1+2+3 October 2021
Großer Wasserspeicher, Belforter Strasse
Kleiner Wasserspeicher, Diedenhofer Straße
in 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg