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The sounds vary depending on the ebb and flow of the water as it passes through FLOW during high and low tides. Visitors can also manipulate the sounds and instruments inside, by playing with buttons, knobs and gears.

But the building-instrument is not all rustic wood. FLOW also includes a sophisticated digital system that creates sounds when water passes through filters, lasers and sensors. Each element creates a different acoustic release, such as beeps, creaks, groans and hisses, sounds that one could associate with a vessel on the sea. One instrument even measures the salt content in the water, and makes a sound depending on the salinity levels.

FLOW is a source of entertainment for visitors, an audio art installation , but also functions as a river research station, as the instruments that use the river water’s content to work, also double as research tools. The innovative project is one of twelve public art projects produced by the UK Arts Council in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Via BLDG Blog