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 was one of the first festivals to deal scientifically and artistically with the subject of reverb. The festival, in October 2021, commissioned four composers who worked with the unique acoustic conditions to develop site-specific compositions. The pieces were 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. The sold out festival was a big success with more than 700 visitors in 3 days. Here are some festival impressions by Roland Owsnitzki.
After days of writing and experimentation, Sven Helbig, Marta Forsberg, Lucy Railton, and Rabih Beaini made marvelous site-specific compositions. After the live presentations in an acousmatic setting, the reservoirs was open for free to visitors as walk-in installations. So everyone, including families with children had the opportunity all day on the Sunday to explore these unique spaces and experience the compositions.
Due to the high amount of ticket requests, we decided for your safety, and to give more people the chance to enjoy the show, to make 2 concert sessions for each day. You will receive your Hydroacoustics schedule with your E-ticket. Tickets are only valid for this schedule.