Sound travels 4.5 times faster underwater, a phenomenon that was directly experienced at this event. In the spectacular environment of Sunderland Aquatic Centre, two of Europe’s most influential electronic music groups performed live for both underwater and poolside listening. By submerging, you could immerse yourself in one version of the music through an underwater soundsystem. For those who would rather sit back and relax, a separate poolside version of the performance could be heard, and by floating on the surface of the water you could mix the two together.
Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius have been making music together as Cluster since 1969. Alongside Kraftwerk, Can and Faust, they are pioneers of krautrock and have been a major influence on musicians from David Bowie to Autechre. At the age of 75 and 65, they are more vital than ever and since they reunited in 2007 have performed at No Fun Festival and Documenta 12. This performance is a homage to their 1979 album Grosses Wasser.
:zoviet*france: is a prolific music group based in Newcastle, who are pioneers of ambient and electronic music. Formed in 1980, this performance marks their 30th anniversary.
Curated and produced by AV Festival 10. Supported by Sunderland Council and Sunderland Aquatic Centre. UK Premiere.