Famous Montreal swimming pool is transformed into sound art experience for Red Bull Music Academy

The RBMA unveiled the latest in an exciting series of global events with Montreal playing host to an underwater performance by Wet Sounds.

Visionary Joel Cahen created a custom-built sound system to diffuse specially commissioned work by Lorenzo Senni, a live set by Dopplereffekt and an all-Drexciya DJ Stingray set to a packed crowd. They were able to enjoy the music and light show through a network of speakers located under the water, at the pool surface and a dedicated dancing space.

“Inside the water the sound travels much quicker than through the air so you don’t hear it through your ears, you hear it through your bones. So what actually happens is that you hear the sound like if it was inside your head. It is really strange.” – Joel Cahen

You can’t record it. You can put a microphone inside, but it is not going to sound the same. The sounds are really sharp, immediate, detailed and accurate.” Cahen continues, “The low frequencies don’t go well, because they need more energy to push a big body of water. It’s more the low mids, high mids and high frequencies.

What with lectures from the likes of Iggy Pop and Suzanne Ciani also, together with Bjork’s groundbreaking digital exhibition, Red Bull Music Academy Montreal has been a big hit with music fans.

DJ Stingray performs at Dans les Abysses during the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal

Dans les Abysses during the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal

Photo Credits: Dan Wilton & Karel Chladek


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Before Decoded started, UK Editor, Simon Huxtable ran a successful podcast for new and established artists covering many forms of electronic music. No slouch on the decks himself, he has DJed at some of the countries best venues and has an ever-growing portfolio of releases under his current production moniker - Real Gone Kid.

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