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July 05, 2006

RainDance + A Light Rain


Water Music

RainDance is an interactive sound installation by electronic media artist Paul DeMarinis. The installation uses water to create non-water sounds. Jets of water modulated with audio signals carry sound vibrations that are inaudible to the human ear. The sounds cannot be heard until the water jet is intercepted by a large umbrella. The sound is then decoded and resonated from the surface of the umbrella. The umbrella thereby turns into a new and different kind of loudspeaker.

Diverse electronic and acoustic material is modulated onto the streams so that people strolling along under the water jets can listen to, mix, modify and sequence a variety of sonic material, ranging from musical standards to rhythmic and electronic music.

The installation was exhibited at the Ars Electronica festival in 2001.


Also check out the related work by Paul DeMarinis, A Light Rain, in collaboration with Rebecca Cummins. In A Light Rain participants carry the umbrella into a rainbow created by streams of water. Music can then be heard as the umbrella meets these streams of water.

Check out the video of RainDance. [blogged by Lene Mailund on Digital Experience]

Posted by jo at July 5, 2006 08:47 AM