Waterphone solo for String, by Adam Simmons

At this week’s Yarra Bend Workshop, Richard van Hoesel played his waterphone solo for Adam Simmons’ work String.

The waterphone is a percussion instrument with water in the base that creates moving, bending tones.  Richard, usually a Squawkestra cellist, bows the bronze rods to create mysterious, etherial sounds similar to whale calls – or the scary moments in a horror film sound track!  His instrument is a bit different from the usual waterphone, as it comprises two waterphones, one stacked on top of the other.  Click here for a sample of Richard’s playing.

We will be performing String at our Winter Solstice Concert at Melbourne Polytechnic (Fairfield Campus) on June 21st.

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Richard’s “Double” Waterphone

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