3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

22 May – RainDance Opening

RainDance, 1998
Paul DeMarinis
Santana Row
May 22- June 18, 2008

RainDance will open May 22, 2008 for its very first installation in California, home of Standford Professor Paul DeMarinis.

Jets of water modulated by audio signals carry sound vibrations that are inaudible to the human ear. The sounds cannot be heard until the water jet is intercepted by a large umbrella. The sound is then decoded and resonated from the surface of the umbrella. The umbrella thus becomes a new and different kind of loudspeaker.

Diverse electronic and acoustic material is modulated onto the streams so that people strolling along under the water jets can listen to, mix, modify, and sequence a variety of sonic material, ranging from musical standards to rhythmic and electronic music.