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.