Acuática is a new project which premiered on October 29, 2019 in CentroCentro, Madrid, as the first concert of the VANG season 2019-20. We captured and mixed the sound of air bubbles in carboys filled with water. In Madrid we took advantage of the presence of an excellent PA, mixing the air and sounds manually and then amplifying them through a quadraphonic sound system. After the concert, the audience was invited on stage so they could listen to the sounds from nearby. We have not rejected using other types of vessels and amplification systems in future versions. In presentations as an autonomous installation, the mixing of the air and its sounds will be controlled by computer.
images from the concert and thereafter, at CentroCentro, Madrid.
“Water may be one of the main origins of the act of listening. From the watery maternal belly, through the resonance of the waves of the sea, the bubbling water in streams, or the encounter of rain with solid surfaces of all kinds, the sound of water is constituted as a primary part of our acoustic DNA. For the presentation in VANG Bosch & Simons bring with them a newly created work entitled Acuática in which water becomes the main generator of musical discourse.
In Acuática, hydrophones introduced into twelve water-filled vessels (ten carboys and two vintage sprayers) capture the sounds that air bubbles inside produce. This process allows Peter Bosch and Simone Simons to collect a wide variety of suggestive timbres and, as if they were the directors of an aquatic choir, mixing them live, to create a great crescendo lasting half an hour.” [*]
[*] Text written by José Pablo Polo, Full version at http://vang.es/vang1 (in Spanish).
Special thanks to Ben Toth for correcting the English version.
Integral sound recording of the concert: