Max Neuhaus - Water Whistle 1
  Year :   1971
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Performance
  Info :   New York University

  Work Details  
  In the early seventies Neuhaus realized a series of now famous sound works in water. Each of these drawings represents one of these works. They show the configurations of the sound sources in the three-dimensional space of each body of water. As the series has a constant scale throughout, the relative size of the image on the paper from drawing to drawing reflects the relationships between sizes and shapes of the bodies of water from work to work. I realized these underwater aural topographies in swimming pools heated to body temperature. The audience listened to the work, which could only be heard underwater, by lying in the water on their backs, ears submerged, nose and mouth out. They mark the beginning of my transition from working in concert halls to making site-specific sound works. The basis for this series was the exploration of the new sound world offered by our different sense of hearing in water. Accessed 12.08.2009 from