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Seaphony —
Life on
Planet Ocean

World premiere 2022

Seaphony -
Immersive exhibition

Experience the deep Ocean and its unique soundscapes through spatial sounds, light and imagination. Virtual reality and three dimensional audio tableaus let you immerse yourself in a world that can seem otherworldly unreal, always sensual and often fragile.

Seaphony celebrated its world premiere in Berlin: from 6 May to 8 June, visitors were captivated by the symphony of the seas. After the overwhelming success of the immersive exhibition, we are working on presenting Seaphony at further locations in Germany and worldwide.

Stay tuned, Seaphony will return.

The Symphony of Life on Planet Ocean

Without the Ocean, there would be no life on planet Earth, which should actually be called planet Ocean. For the ocean covers more than two thirds of the earth. It is the origin of all life, a living, sentient cosmos.
The audiovisual installation SEAPHONY with a spatial multichannel composition by british sound artist Chris Watson in collaboration with spatial sound specialist Tony Myatt takes you on a 3D-audiovisual journey under the surface of the seas and oceans to celebrate and experience the most sound rich environments on the planet; crustaceans on a coral reef, the haunting siren songs of seals and the voices of the largest and loudest animals which have ever lived, the great whales.

The experience presents the remarkable underwater soundscape of the oceans as a spatial, audiovisual composition. SEAPHONY interweaves original recordings of whales, dolphins, penguins, seals, fish, icebergs and glaciers into a planet wide deep ocean experience by connecting all these animals and habitats with the sounds and rhythms of the ocean currents. The piece will also reflect upon the increasing noise pollution human actions have introduced into these ancient environments, the effects on marine life and what we are doing to restore the natural balance.

The unique collaboration between sound artists Chris Watson and Tony Myatt with light artist Theresa Baumgartner, lets you experience this spatial 22-channel 360-sound art alongside spacial transformations in light and colour.

Seaphony - artists and installations

The immersive audiovisual installation is composed by Chris Watson, a founding member of the avantgarde band Cabaret Voltaire, a composer and one of the world's most distinguished specialists in natural sound recordings. SEAPHONY is based on his underwater recordings from all over the world's oceans. Developed in collaboration with spatial sound specialist Tony Myatt featuring a sculptural light installation by Berlin artist Theresa Baumgartner.

SEAPHONY is accompanied by two other immersive installations: The virtual reality experience THE BONE by Michelle-Marie Letelier takes you into a mythical intermediate world between the deep sea and the universe, reality, dream and utopia, into the stream of consciousness of a sea creature. The audio tableaus OCEAN.WORLD.MODULES by wittmann/zeitblom throw light on the taming of the oceans by man. Background information on the threats to the oceans and how you can help protect the sea is shown by contributions by Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND).

Seaphony Installation - Trailer

Seaphony - a spatial sound & light art work

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When & Where

2022 World premiere in Berlin
06.05. to 08.06. Alte Münze

An international tour of the immersive exhibition isnbeing planned.
Seaphony will return. Stay in touch.

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Presskit

Press materials for download:
Press releases, video teasers, logos, images, artist biographies

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„Oceans are the largest and most sound-rich habitat on the planet.“
Chris Watson, sound recordist, artist & composer
„..the installation is one of the very few ways that people can really engage with full three-dimensional sound.“
Tony Myatt, sound artist, engineer & academic
"I try and disturb the sense of space as much as possible. You don’t really know when the room ends and where it starts. The dimensions create this ocean vastness."
Theresa Baumgartner, light artist
"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when clearly it is Ocean."
Arthur C. Clarke, Author

Other installations in the exhibition

OCEAN.WORLD.MODULES

The diverse audio tableaus OCEAN.WORLD.MODULES by wittmann/zeitblom throw light on the taming of the oceans by man. Oscillating between sounds of nature and art , you drift through electroacoustic sound worlds, traversing not only oceans but also space and time.

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The Bone - Virtual Reality


The virtual reality installation by Michelle-Marie Letelier draws you into the consciousness of wild and farmed salmon. In a mythical intermediate world between deep sea and universe, reality, dream and utopia, it impressively gives us an idea of the so different living conditions and questions the increasing alienation between humans and nature.

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