Wet Sounds

1 out of 5 stars
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Wet Sounds
Rob Greig Ryan Styles prepares for 'Wet Sounds'
This looks a bit special. Sound artist Joel Cahen is currently touring the UK with this aquatic-themed installation piece, turning public pools into galleries and performance spaces that you experience while in the water. As well as new music and soundworks by the likes of musique concrète pioneer Pierre Henry, this event features a scuba-powered performance by the amazing Ryan Styles.


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Damp Squib! What was billed as an exciting soundscape with underwater lights and live performance was in actuality white noise in a darkened swimming pool. There was no guidance through the four 'performances' so you didn't know what you were supposed to be looking at or listening for. I will accept the chilly water was not their fault, but swimming in the dark cold was not the best way to spend a Sunday evening. The sounds were bland, the lighting amateurish and a large white balloon that looked full of potential was not even used. And Ryan Styles- his costume looked full of promise as he entered the pool, but he then proceeded to the deepest point of the pool to perform (15ft. down) and in the murky darkness we could see nothing. Holding our breath to dive down and see what he was doing afforded only a few seconds glance at what looked like a man swimming in a wet white rag. I am sure he was having fun - I was not. The only interesting moment happened, as we were leaving the pool, random electro noise above the waves; pulp noir dialogue beneath. But sadly by then it was too little too late. Thankfully only a one off performance but a wet wasted opportunity!