A new concert attraction in Sydney drifts listeners to the sounds of electronic music.
In this case we mean "drift" quite literally. The only place you can hear the music on "Floors Of Heaven: Submersive Study" is underwater.
Electronic music artist Leon Vynehall accompanies the event in the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool in Woolloomooloo Bay to the relaxing sounds of ambient music. The participants float on the surface of the water with their ears submerged; their only chance to be exposed to the sounds of Vynehall, whose ambient serenade is broadcast via a special underwater sound system.
Participants float peacefully for 45 minutes, propped up by pool noodles to aid in buoyancy, while enjoying an ethereal atmospheric view above them. The early evening show emits a gradient as the sun sets over the 50-meter pool.
Much like the goal of swim tanks for sensory deprivation, Vynehall says the experience is to induce a euphoric state of relaxation. "I hope to construct something for the audience that is close to a meditative state," he said.
A cursory survey of attendees by The Guardian found that the only downside was the weather. They found that warmer conditions would likely have made the experience worse.
The "Floors Of Heaven" experience runs until January 9th as part of the ongoing Syndey Festival. You can find out more here.