|Day||Aquatic centre||Fitness centre||Crèche||Café*|
|Monday - Thursday||5.30am - 8.00pm||5.30am - 9.00pm||8.45am - 1.00pm||7.00am - 6.00pm|
|Friday||5.30am - 8.00pm||5.30am - 8.00pm||8.45am - 1.00pm||7.00am - 6.00pm|
|Saturday||5.30am - 6.00pm||7.00am - 5.00pm||8.00am - 12.00pm||7.00am - 3.00pm (extended for events)|
|Sunday||8.00am - 6.00pm||
8.00am - 5.00pm
|CLOSED||9.00am - 3.00pm (extended for events)|
On public holidays or during holiday periods the venue may be closed or opening times may differ, visit the public holiday hours page for up to date information.
Stephenson Avenue Mount Claremont WA 6010Get directions
Public transport services HBF Stadium via bus number 28. The bus stop is located within the HBF Stadium car park. To see the timetable visit Transperth.
There are 1100 parking spaces at the venue including disabled and motorbike bays. Bicycle racks are located by the entrance to secure your bike. A parking fee may apply during major events.
Dive in and immerse yourself in an otherworldly sound experience.
Perth’s Fringe World Festival celebrates everything wonderful and whacky – and the 2019 program is no different with some of the most interesting events Perth has hosted.
With your pick of world-class cabaret, performance art, comedy and music events Perth Fringe creates a buzz like no other time of the year. If there’s one event that screams Fringe World it’s Wet Sounds. The audience quite literally dives headfirst into a unique underwater experience which has been described as “other-worldly”. This award winning event has earned international acclaim with a 5 star review in London’s The Guardian newspaper and more recently Best Interactive Event at Adelaide Fringe 2018.
About the event
Wet Sounds is the creative vision of Joel Cahen designed to facilitate a multi-sensory, full-body experience. Using sound and light Cahen transforms a swimming pool into an interactive art space. Being a confident swimmer or comfortable using floating aids is a must!
As the name suggests, Wet Sounds makes use of an underwater sound system. Sound travels 4.5 times faster in water compared to air so the listening experience is completely transformed. Below the surface sound is perceived differently – sound is crystal clear yet directionless as sound waves are absorbed by your entire body and vibrate your inner ear directly.
At Wet Sounds the surface of the water becomes a threshold between two experiences with different music and sounds played above and below. Joel Cahen has composed music specifically for this purpose, essentially creating three different sounds scapes;
1. Above the water – Conventional listening
2. Below the water – Clear and atmospheric
3. At the surface – the merging of two sound scapes
While the pieces were composed to fit together, they work both simultaneously and independently of each other.
The audio component has been compared to a dramatic film score with tranquil escapes. Cahen classifies the music as abstract electronica collaged with rhythmic elements, voice and location recordings, modulated vocals, analogue synth and a live instrumental element.
What to expect
Unlike other events Perth will see in the program, the Wet Sounds experience is different for everyone. Participants essentially create their own mix of music as they dive between depths. Similarly, participants can pick their own adventure -being as explorative or meditative as the experience compels.
Running for 1 hour, many participants find their Wet Sounds experience relaxing and peaceful. Founder Joel Cahen said that many people describe it as a very womb-like experience. Sound is one of the first senses developed when in the womb and given the participants are in zero-gravity and cocooned in water the parallels hold up.
This sensory experience is also being used for therapy. Mr Cahen has founded a charity called Liquid Vibrations which provides training to staff to conduct Musical Hydrotherapy session to children with special needs. With some very positive results, he’s currently working to integrate these sessions into the school curriculum; "We've noticed really enhanced well being and improved movement, and stretching and interest and showing attention, so that's really positive," he said.
The show will be running Thursday 24 – Tuesday 29 January during Perth Fringe World
Venue: HBF Stadium, Dive Pool
Age: suitable for all ages
Required: Swim suit, goggles optional but recommended