Hydroacoustics

Site-specific music and art event aboard MS Stubnitz, Canary Wharf, London May 6th 2013.

Produced and curated by Jake Williams and Tamar Shlaim.

Dazed Digital piece on the event

HYDROACOUSTICS was a one-off day and night of cutting-edge site-specific electronic music, AV performances and installations aboard the MS Stubnitz – a decommissioned East German fishing vessel turned music and arts venue, that was moored temporarily at Canary Wharf, on May 6th 2013. Artists were asked to step outside their usual styles and create new projects for this one-off event in this unique space.

The programme featured an extremely rare live performance from seminal, secretive electronic post-industrialists :zoviet*france:, a new collaborative live work from Scottish techno artists Patrick Walker (Forward Strategy Group) and Ruaridh Law (TVO) based on an imagined history of the boat, a very special commissioned installation/performance ‘Microclimate II’ from noise don Roly Porter (ex-Vex’d) and visual artist Rod Maclachlan, a live performance from experimental soundscape artist Helm aka Luke Younger (PAN Records), an exceptionally powerful live set from Shelley Parker that was made entirely from samples of the boat itself and Paul Prudence’s performance of his AV work ‘Hydroacoustic Study’.

Emmanuel Spinelli also presented ‘Aquarium’ – an installation / performance device in which field recordings of water in its many forms (ocean waves, rain, bubbles, droplets, tidal rhythms, ice, etc…) are triggered and manipulated through the touch of water inside a fish tank.

The boat was also open during the day and featured live performances from – Harmergeddon, Jamka, Tom Richards and Tom Mudd as well as DJ sets from Kirsti, Uberdog and James Tec.

It was a very special day and evening filled to capacity with a diverse range of music and art lovers from techno ravers to industrial music fans – all brought together by the incredible space and the one-off nature of the event.

Video by Ali Wade.

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