From bank vaults to bathrooms, and even staircases, musician have recorded music in some strange and wonderful places. But AquaSonic, a group of experimental musicians, has taken it one step further – or deeper shall we say. They've become the first band to perform and record their music exclusively underwater!
Led by musician and artist Laila Skovmand, the band plays submerged in large glass aquariums, where the acoustic properties of the water becomes both a challenge and source of inspiration. Skovmand and her band have been experimenting with underwater music for a decade, and are currently preparing for their first live concert in Rotterdam on May 27.
Using a special vocal technique she invented, Skovmand sings through an air bubble, re-surfacing now and then to take a breath. With the help of instrument inventor Andy Cavatorta, AquaSonic has been able to modify existing instruments, and developed completely new ones – all to be used underwater! By performing underwater, the band has had to invent totally new ways of making music, because water changes both the way sound travels and the way instruments work. Some of the instruments they've created include a “crystallophone,” inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s glass harmonica, and a “rotacorda,” inspired by the hurdy-gurdy.
The unique underwater music they produce is quite something, and is often quite haunting.