Wet Sounds

by atomeyeblog


Wet Sounds is an underwater sound art gallery – a deep listening experience 

Touring swimming pools, it presents listening sessions to a floating and diving audience in the water. The participants are fully immersed in sound. Free to move weightlessly in the sound space

Wet Sounds effectively creates three sound spaces in the physical space of the swimming pool. One inside the water, one outside the water and one a merger of the two as the listener floats on the surface of the water. These three distinct sound spaces are chosen by the listeners as they move in and out of the water. The three sound spaces are used to convey parallel narratives, musical and literal.


Sound travels 4.5 times faster in water than it does in air. This cancels directionality in water as the brain does not notice the slight differences in the arrival time of the sound at the two ears. Sound is also perceived through direct vibrations of the nerve in the inner ear which gives the sensation of hearing, therefore it bypasses the outer and middle ear hearing mechanisms.

Wet Sounds, created by Joel Cahen, first toured 10 cities in the UK in July 2008. Opening at in the London Fields Lido in Hackney and closing there with a performance of NURSE WITH WOUND and ANDREW LILES as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s CREATE Festival.

Next installments of the series are:

BRISTOL (15th Dec)

Bristol South Swimming Pool

Sessions feature:
Joel Cahen with guest Arran Poole playing the bowed chime.
Noisician and texturist H
Henry Collins
Lighting installation by Rod Maclachlan 
Co-produced by Qu Junktions and Arnolfini

LONDON (2nd March 2014)

Ironmongers Row Baths

Presenting new compositions by Matthias Kispert and Beatrice Dillon
as part of the PORTFOLIO scheme by Sound and Music.



Tickets and More Information

Wet Sounds Website