Photo © Klanglumineszenz by Heiko Wommelsdorf at Kleiner Wasserspeicher | Singuhr-Hoergalerie Berlin

Hydroacoustics w/ Lucy Railton, Rabih Beaini, Sven Helbig and Marta Forsberg | 1-3.10.2021

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. The festival, in October, will commission four composers who will 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. So everyone, including families with children will have 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.

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 | Großer Wasserspeicher: Rabih Beaini
21:30 CET | Kleiner Wasserspeicher: Lucy Railton

Sunday, 3. October 2021 | Open doors, free entry | 14-18:00 CET

Hydroacoustics — Festival for scientific and artistic exploration of the subject of reverb, in Berlin’s unique water reservoirs.

1+2+3. October 2021
Großer und kleiner Wasserspeicher | Belforter Strasse in 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
hydroacoustics.de | Event @ Facebook | Tickets


Hydroacoustics ist ein Projekt von Digital in Berlin. Kuratiert von Michael Rosen und gefördert vom Musikfonds e. V. mit Projektmitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen des Sonderprogramms Neustart Kultur. Präsentiert von The Wire und taz, die tageszeitung.