Wade [Music for River and People] is an invitation for people to step into and create a musical experience with our rivers.
We have a troublesome relationship with the rivers and streams that flow through our cities. At best they have become an avenue for economics, or venues entertainment. At worst, with all of the chaos of the environment, they are seen as a threat. What we forget is that these rivers bring us life; they have lives of their own. And my hope is that this project will give us a more instinctual connection to the waterways that sustain us.
It is an interactive music installation composed in real time by the flowing river, and the movement of people. Live river flow data is pulled from online sources and is transformed into the pitches and volumes of the piece. While at the same time, as people move throughout the installation, motion sensors change the sound as if the audience were immersed in the aural river’s flow. The excerpt in the video above uses data from the Cumberland River in Nashville, TN.
Wade was designed to be installed on Pedestrian Bridges or river walks or water-side parks for three or four weeks at a time. I would like to take it to several cities in the coming year – starting with The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Nashville, TN. Each installation can be customized to reflect the rivers important to that specific region, which allows people to experience the life of the particular river system that sustains their city.
I am currently contacting potential community partners and funding organizations to help support the production of Wade. For more information, or if you would like to partner with me on this project, please contact me.