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.

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

1+2+3. October 2021 | Doors 19:00 | Starts 20:00 CET
Großer und kleiner Wasserspeicher | Belforter Strasse in 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg | 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.