One of the most exciting pieces of an already impressive TBA Festival was Water, an installation created by musician Claudia Meza. The erstwhile member of Stay Calm spent time recording the sounds of water running out of a tap, lapping up against a ferry, rushing by in a river, etc., honing in on the subtle textures and melodic movement found in each. Meza then looped the sounds and committed them to individual tapes.
For the installation, she put all these tapes in their own cassette player and suspended them from the ceiling of the White Box Gallery downtown. The idea was to encourage visitors to play, rewind, fast forward, and pause the loops at will, creating a new experience with every touch of the tape decks. While the piece is best experienced in real life, this video does give some sense of its scope and beauty.