VIDEO: Fish provide the bass notes at musical event as part of festival
Musicians under the big screen in the middle of Plymouth had to deal with a set of very different directors than usual on Thursday evening when fish swimming around in the National Aquarium decided the beat they were playing to.
The event, called Fish Music, was part of the Marine City Festival.
“We did a similar thing in the city a couple of years ago, where the fish and musicians performed 'Music to Watch Fish Go By' at the National Aquarium. The idea is that the fish swim up and down on the screen and the musicians respond to that,” Clint Jones, City Centre Manager from the City Centre Company said.
The fish on the screens in front of the musicians in an aquarium become the musical notes by placing a musical stave in front of them. String players play this mobile score/installation, while other musicians improvise, using the string sound as their cue.
The event was promoted in partnership with Plymouth City Centre Company, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth University and the National Marine Aquarium.
Matt Cross from Desitination Plymouth and organiser of the Marine City Festival said the event was part of the cultural aspect of the festival. He said the result so far had been good.
“We have had events dealing with science, business and culture and the turnout has lived up to our hopes,” he said.
He was looking forward to the weekend which marks the big finale of the festival with the marine food festival on the Barbican.
“We are hoping to see crowds of 5.000 on Saturday and Sunday, if the weather does not take a turn for the worse,” he said.