The Water Sounds

The brief of this experimental workshop asked students to explore the potential of sound and physical materials in creating theatrical interactive experiences.

The Water Sounds, is a commemorative sound installation based on the tragic ferry accident that happened in Korea on the 16th of April 2014. The ferry Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, sank. Among the 339 children and teachers on board 303 of them were trapped in the ferry.

A performative installation, The Water Sounds invites viewers to together hang wet clothes on a clothesline. For the installation we built a collection drum fitted with piezo microphones to capture and amplify the dripping. The sounds were then processed in Ableton Live, layered, looped and played back. During the performance we used a MIDI controller to manipulate the individual audio channels.

The Water Sounds reminds the viewer to be aware of this tragedy and allows them to participate by indirectly trigger the sound. It is a subtle remembrance to the lives lost at sea.