‘Aquadelique’ is an album of abstract electronics, designed to be listened to in a semi-submersed state, where sounds are typically felt through the body rather than the ears and sound travels four times faster than it does in the air. It was created as a bi-product of Cahen’s experience organising Wet Sounds, a long running series of underwater concerts. This record also features saxaphonist Ricardo Tejero and vocals from Fredy Thuon and Rebecca Horrox.
Cahen has been active in London since 1998 sometimes operating under the moniker Newtoy, releasing music on various record labels including;HAK Lo-Fi Record, Earsheltering and Le Colibri Nécrophile. Cahen performed in the noise group The Black Poodle alongside Amir Shoat andBenedict Wallers. In addition to Wet Sounds, Cahen is also known for organising multi-disciplinary art events including; Scrap Club (public Destructivist activity), Cacophony (multichannel sound in libraries) and Interzone Theatre (augmented reality theatre).
Cahen’s work has been exhibited/performed across Europe, Australia and North America at ISEA, AV Festival, All Tomorrows Parties, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Britain, Ultima Festival, Helsinki Festival, Elektroni(k) and Red Bull Music Academy. And most recently an award winning show at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe.
“I hear a faint sound and then a loud noise hits me and makes my legs vibrate. It sounds like someone playing a triangle over and over. As I keep swimming along underwater, the sound – booming out of a small blue speaker at the foot of the pool – grows and envelops me. It’s astonishingly immediate, inescapable, and faintly perplexing.”
Carlene Thomas-Bailey (The Guardian)
“Joel Cahen has created a display for all the senses. The sound waves mix with the water waves and float on into your submerged ears. Just as swimming is a full-body exercise, underwater sound is a full-body experience as well, with the sound waves taking on a different character and taking over your body and your mind.”
Casey Van Wensem (Amelias Magazine)
“The simple and relatively easily realised idea of an underwater sound gallery and concert succeeds in truly making the audience active participants – not aware of all the enviromental sound, but eagerly anticipating and enjoying it.”
Lisa Blanning (The Wire)
“‘Like being in the womb’ is how one listener described the experience of being at Wet Sounds, an underwater ‘deep listening’ art gallery…”
Simon Duff (Pro Sound News Europe)
ADA0055 – 12″ Vinyl (Limited to 300 copies) & CD (Limited to 100 copies)
Tracklisting : (Click on the titles to play the tracks, you may have to disable your Adblocker plugin)
Side 1 :
Side 2 :
Music and Mix by Joel Cahen
Vocals on Fume Noir by Fredy Thuon
Vocals on Blurs of my eyes by Rebecca Horrox
Saxaphone on Blurs of my eyes by Ricardo Tejero
Mastering by Amir Shoat
Original Artwork by Mat Humphrey