Unearthly acoustics as saxophone and overtone flute improvise duet in giant cooling tower
8 March 2021, 17:21 | Updated: 10 March 2021, 15:03
When the reverb is out of this world...
Being a curiously inclined species, musicians have long been fascinated with the possibilities of playing their instruments inside cooling towers.
(Just listen to the sound of a balloon being popped in one at an abandoned nuclear plant, and you’ll get the obsession.)
Winne Clement, a flautist and instrument maker, was offered the chance to play in one of the giant cooling towers at a gas powerplant in Vilvoorde, Belgium.
“Me and Koen Van Roy never played together, so this was our first time improvising together,” Clement said. “The huge space made it a very nice and unforgettable experience!”
“The direct echo bounce with the light reverb on top holds a lot of rhythmical possibilities.”
Clement is right – the delayed reverb basically sets the tempo for the performance, allowing the two musicians to invite a third member, the echo, into their unexpected trio.
“We just arrived, set up some lights and a camera and played a small improv concert there,” Clement added.
“So, it sure would be nice to go back and take some time to explore them!”
Whatever the wonderfully weird location, music always finds a way...
More from Winne on Instagram just here.