What...The Hell Was That?: Underwater Band Members Perform In Their Own Giant Aquariums

May 13, 2016


This is a video of what is allegedly the world's first underwater band, despite the fact I explicitly remember Sebastian performing with one in The Little Mermaid decades ago. AquaSonic is a concert performed by musicians underwater in their own individual aquariums, each playing a specially designed instrument to make sound underwater. It reminds me of the soundtrack to a nightmare.

AquaSonic is the culmination of the artists' nine-year research efforts and countless experiments in close collaboration with a team of deep-sea divers, instrument makers and brilliant scientists - people driven by the same urge to break new grounds and challenge existing paradigms. As a result, the team has developed a number of highly specialized subaqueous instruments including an underwater organ or hydraulophone, a crystallophone, a rotachorda (a brass chordophone inspired by the old folk instrument hurdy gurdy), a setiphone, consisting of amplified note bars and a special technique for singing underwater. The result is a concert experience out of the ordinary; a deep dive into a compelling visual universe and a new world of sound.

Admittedly, I would go see this concert. But only if I can perform my escape from chains while being held upside down underwater routine during the performance. I think that's just what they need to bring this concert to the NEXT LEVEL. "Watching a man panic and drown on stage?" Exactly. Nobody will ever forget that.

Keep going for two videos, a short one and a long one.

Thanks to my buddy Dave, who told me he started a one-man underwater band when he was five and used to fart in the bathtub.

  • Joebags !

    Idk.. Its alright i guess. Something someone can sample. Could do without the singing (because it sounds like nonsense) but the instruments sound cool!

  • jodyberry

    I thought for sure it was OK Go's new music video!

  • Hazakabammer

    You'd think they'd use plugs in their noses with pipes going to the surface, so they don't have to keep resurfacing. I guess "common sense" isn't common amongst people who decide to start an underwater band.

    I do like the music though, it's almost alien but familiar enough that it actually forms a song.

    I find music that relies on vocal sound that isn't in the form of words really enjoyable. Music with lyrics isn't good unless the lyrics have a relatable meaning.

    First thing I thought of when I heard it was the aliens from Star Trek Enterprise, the ones who are part of the alliance that wants to wipe out Humans by sending that hexagonal orb with the death laser that wipes out san francisco, but they're actually the good guys at the end.

  • Alex Gee


    My farts in the tub have more rhythm.

  • Sebastiann Elegant√© Neely

    Didn't Deathklok do this

  • Weird, beautiful and terrifying all at once.
    I like it.

  • Isaac Bow.

    I thought they sounded bad singing under water because they were... well under water... then they popped there heads out and sang even fucking worse! uhg

  • Jeedai Infidel

    Change your band's name to "Iron Mermaiden" or GTFO.

  • Hazakabammer

    Mermaiden is really good. Damn. I wish I could start a band, I'd definitely call it that. We'd do songs that sounded like whalesongs/siren singing.

  • Bling Nye

    Gimmicky shit is gimmicky.

  • Andyman7714

    They sound like the musicians from Nightmare Before Christmas.

  • The_Wretched

    I, for one, welcome back our previously displaced shogoth overlords and hope to be fully retrained as a submerged musician.

    Also, I wonder which one has the drowning fetish and managed to get the rest to support their 'lifestyle' choice.

  • Professor Spookypop

    It's metal... For fish.
    Yeah. The fish gots no good metals to listen to.

  • Changoman

    Ironically, the only metal that fish know is Mercury... aka Death Metal :S

  • Saitamago

    Everyone known water is the best mediums to records on.

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