What’s being said about Liquid Sound
|Spa business 2005/2
The installation of a unique multi-media system known as ‘Liquid Sound’ has transformed business at a mineral spa facility in Germany. The concept is now being prepared for a global rollout.
He popularity of Liquid Sound has grown to such an extent that the concept is now on three locations. While Micky Remann owns the Liquid Sound brand, he has formed a company with Marion Schneider called TTS Product & Service GmbH, to distribute and consult on the concept.
|Taschen Spa Book www.taschen.com 2005
Liquidrom at the Tempodrom
Treading the line between spa and concert hall, the Liquidrom sets a new standard when it comes to being at harmony with water. As part of the Tempodrom complex, a Berlin venue for everything from classical theatre to rock ectravaganzas, it adds a permanent liquid dimension to the ever-changing amusements featured in the rest of the facility. Bathers float in a slat-enriched pool, their bodies immersed in water that resonates with music, their senses engrossed by a rhythmic light-show projected onto the domed ceiling. During the day, the focus is on nurturing. The signature treatment, Aqua Wellness, is a melodious underwater massage – with the body afloat rather than grounded to a table, masseurs have 360-degree access to stressed-out muscle groups. Once pummeled to a state of bliss, bathers can choose to proceed to the saunas, steam baths, or an outdoor Japanese-style onsen, where the water temperature hits 100°F, quickly melting away any leftover tension.
Taschen Spa Book www.taschen.com 2005
|SPA Professional 01.02.2005
Fiona Embleton checks our the soundbites for healing, relaxation and meditation.
…Inspired by the underwater worlds of whales and dolphins, Liquid Sound is the ultimate in sound therapy, allowing spa-goers to bathe in light and music. The brainchild of media artist Micky Remann it is the name given to a permanently installed, computer-controlled multimedia system for sound, light and video over and under water.
Take the Liquid Sound Temple at the newly refurbished Toskana Therme Bad Schandau, near Dresden, Germany. The sound above and below the thermal water`s surface, the changing light atmosphere and aroma, underwater massage chairs, waterfall and the unique 360° panorama dome make it a multimedia water world not to be missed. The baths literally become a concert hall…
|Trend 2005 Body Visions Future Concept Lab By Francesco Morace 01.01.2005
Berlin, Germany. Based on the invention of Liquid Sound, a computerised multimedia system created in 1999 by the artist Micky Remann, to diffuse lights, sounds and images above and below water. A variety of musical events are organised inside the swimming pool (from classical music, to avant-garde music, to jazz…) and live concerts are held inside at weekends.
The benefits of the thermal treatments, such as the sauna, relaxing massage and the Turkish bath, are combined with those of music therapy. The facilities include a Music Hall in which events and concerts are held.
|Piscine Oggi (Italia) 01.01.2005
Nel regno del benessere
Immergersi nella musica e nella luce, quietamente abbandonati in un’acqua calda e salata che consente un agevole galleggiamento. È questo il concetto del Liquid Sound, divenuto ormai famoso in tutto il mondo dopo il successo presso il Toskana Therme di Bad Sulza, Bad Schandau e il Liquidrome Therme di Berlino. Questi impianti sono considerati il tempio del Liquid Sound, un luogo di “cura” inteso come tutto ciò che favorisce la salute e il benessere fisico e mentale. Chiunque pu ò trovare, qui, molteplici trattamenti e offerte di rilassamento grazie ai dieci anni di esperienza maturata nello sviluppo e nell’applicazione del Liquid Sound.
|The Dallas Morning News 02.01.2005
Dip into bare Berlin
By Janet Froman
Aqua spa hip and soothing
Creator Micky Remann reveals that the idea came from orca whale songs, which he associates wih an archaic human need to connect with water. The facility’s focal point is the 1,450-square-foot warm saline pool with 12 underwater speakers broadcasting themed music from a DJ or, occasionally, live band performances.
When floating with your ears just below the surface – there’s no need to swim, as the salt’s buoyancy effortlessy suspends the body like a huge aeardrum. Sound travels through the whole body. Acoustics of the pool itself are equally peculiar: A whisper from the center can be heard all over the room.
|Chicago Tribune (US) 05.09.2004
Don’t stress out over spa etiquette
Relax. In no time you'll feel like a pro. At the last spa I visited, the Toskana Therme in the German town of Bad Sulza, bathers float in saline water in a domed room called the Liquid Sound Temple while listening to music underwater.
This was new territory for me, and as I floated on my back with my ears submerged I kept drifting into my fellow worshippers like a log in a stream. Finally I got the hang of it, anchoring myself by hooking my heels over the bar that runs around the inner edge of the pool. My embarrassment disappeared and I was able to enjoy the novel sensation of swimming with sound. Now if I'd only known to bring my own towel.
|Globe and Mail (CAN) 25.09.2004
Whale songs for clubbers
Berlin’s Liquidrom was inspired by the belief that humans have an archaic need to connect with water.
There’s nothing new about German spas as a gathering spot, or about bathing in the buff. Its communal aspects aside. Liquidrom’s origins are more spiritual and physical than social. Creator Micky Remann reveals that the idea came from whale songs, which he associates with an archaic human need to connect with water. The facility’s focal point is the 134-square-metre warm saline Liquidrom Pool, which features 12 underwater speakers broadcasting themed music from a DJ or, occasionally, live band performances. The acoustics of the pool itself are equally peculiar: A whisper from the centre can be heard all over the room.
In keeping with Liquidrom’s mind/body orientation and Germany’s zeal for alternative medicine, the club offers an imaginative roster of therapeutic massages:
An evening at Liquidrom is likely to be different from anything you’ve ever encountered. To make the most of it, discard your inhibitions and your dress code, and forget the rules of gravity.
|Water Journeys (US) Sept. 2004
Between Two Waves: the German-Ozarks Connection
A couple of summers ago, my husband and I travelled from America to a uniq resort in Bad Sulza (Salt Baths), Germany, a town made famous by its natural springs. Workers in the German salt industry knew the worth of the salt-water springs for bad backs and other health problems, and by the nineteenth century public bathhouses brought an income from salt once more. The revival of interest in spas in Germany was dampened by recent healthcare reform that meant that spa visits would not be covered by health insurance plans. However, the spa at Bad Sulza, initiated by the social-entrepreneurial spirit Marion Schneider and her husband Claus Böhm, demonstrates that new approach can reinvigorate appreciation of this resorts.
On the rural landscape of Bad Sulza a spaceship has landed in the form of Toskana Therme, and it is not out of place. The ultramodern architecture of the spa could just as well be compared to the microscopic details of a form sculpted by nature. It all depends on how you choose to see things. Natural lye water, warmed to body temperature, is used to fill seven pristine under a huge, vaulted canopy that lets in light and affords beautiful views of the countryside surrounding the Therme. Part of the complex is a silvery flask-shaped building with a stained-glass top called the Liquid Sound Temple. Most of the pools feature the special audiovisual technology, invented by media-artist Micky Remann, that enables sound and colored light to play through the water. The darkened atmosphere of the “temple” gives it a hallowed, meditative feel. Buoyed up by the salty water, you find elderly people floating along to hip music, youths grooving on classics, people transformed into whales and dolphins by sound recordings. All these magical sound and light effects are piped into space through a computerized system that can be controlled by just one operator. Everyone comes together in a sensorially experience made possible by a unique application of the medium of water.
The workshop that attracted us to the Therme was described as an “experiential journey”, and it seemed to bring together so many of the interests we had been developing until then. Entitled “Dreams and Rituals in Healing Waters”, it proposed to use the idyllic surroundings and spa waters to evoke personal and collective dreams of transformation and healing. It was not until I began, two years later, to research this article that I realized just how appropriate Bad Sulza is for such explorations, and how profoundly our visit influenced where we are today. We had hardly been out of the water since starting our training in aquatic bodywork. At the workshop, we would be studying water and its influence on human consciousness by immersing ourselves in it – even sleeping and dreaming in it. We could walk beside the River Ilm in the wooded Kurparc (Health Park) that links the resort to the small town, heading towards coffee and poppyseed cake, while we reflected on our experiences.
|Water Journeys (US) Sept. 2004
… On Wunderwaldstrasse (Wonder-Forest-Street) in Bad Sulza, the Hotel an der Therme and the nearby Toskana Therme offer a setting in which it is indeed possible to feel wonder and renewal of spirit. In Bad Sulza the developers of the Therme have somehow managed to bring together local and global perspectives, medical and artistic innovations, in a way of sharing both natural and human abundance. The American organizer of the workshop we attended, Professor Jonathan Paul DeVierville says, “Water is to the Body as Dreams are to the Soul” and “Dreams are to the Individual as Myths are to Culture”. I have come to believe that the creative expression of water dreams, such as the project at Bad Sulza, offers some hope for the future.
|Wine Enthusiast (USA) July/2004
Odder still is the „wet nightclub“ Liquidrom, where patrons soaking in an expansive, saltwater pool listen to music played underwater. After floating to the sounds of Mahler or the latest techno tunes, depending upon the night’s musical theme, uninhibited Berliners perch on somewhat slippery stools at the lengthy bar to sip energy drinks or good local pilsners, and dine on honey German snacks.
|Spa Asia May/June 2004
Experience complete lightness or… light-headedness, while floating away in 98-degree salt water with the sounds of inspirational music and light. Set to revolutionise the spa trade with an innovative twist, the futuristic Liquidrom Thermal Baths is a fun addition to Berlin’s ultra-modern multimedia centre, Tempodrom. Already creating waves in that part of the world, the brainchild of artist cum musician Micky Remann, combines onsen, a hot water open-air basin, bar and restaurant with stunning architecture. Sounds dreamy? You bet, and you can opt for either whalesong or the latest club music spun by DJs during weekends.
|Outlook Building Perspectives, The magazine for architects, designers and engineers by Messe Frankfurt, April 2004
Have you ever bathed in Liquid Sound?
Liquid Sound is a computer-controlled multimedia system for the use of sound and light over the water and above all underwater. Micky Remann first realized his vision on a grand scale at the “Tuscany Thermal Baths” in Bad Sulza. Beneath an 18-meter-high dome, visitors can float gently in the saline water, heated to body temperature. The edifice is flooded by colored light and relaxing acoustics are to be heard if they duck under water: meditative jazz, classical music, gentle electronic music, the songs of whales or poems by Goethe …
|Spa Style Europe.
Archipelago Press, Singapore
Toskana Therme, Bad Sulza, Germany
This spa is truly a waterpark for the 21st century, rightly placing Germany firmly back on the world map of futuristic spas.
Liquidrom Therme at the Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
The Liquidrom is the aquatic stage of the Tempodrom – Berlin’s ultramodern multi-media centre.
About 20 years ago, multi-media artist/writer/entrepreneur Micky Remann became fascinated with the question of what a whale’s song would sound like underwater. This fascination led to the invention of Liquid Sound – a sensuous new bathing experience that envelops bathers in a collage of coloured lights, music and nature sounds.
The entire Liquidrom experience has been described as being a holistic concert hall.
Fast forward to the digital age where multimdedia sound therapy is making waves in Germany. At the Toskana Therme complex and the Liquidrom Therme day spa in Berlin, people float in near-zero gravity, body temperature saltwater while the sounds of nature and specially composed music are broadcast above and below the waterline, a vivid light show flashing overhead. Dubbed “Liquid Sound”, the musical spa experience may be enjoyed as a private 80-minute session or in the company of several hundred people collectively floating and lounging in this concert hall filled with water.
‘Due to the high speed that sound travels through water, you are not only surrounded 360 degrees by sound but vibrating with it, too,’ says artist and composer Micky Remann, who helped create the sound systems and some of the aural landscapes.
|Spa Journeys for Body, Mind and Soul.
Power House Books, New York, 2004
Toskana Therme, Bad Sulza, Germany
The main attraction of Toskana Therme is the sublime concept called Liquid Sound, a marriage of music and water, with a touch of light thrown in. Pools of saltwater featuring a built-in, state-of-the-art sound system are housed in a futuristic, domed building with floor-to-ceiling windows, through which is seen a landscape often called “the Tuscany of Eastern Europe”.
Toskana Therme is the Carnegie Hall of water relaxation.
The water comes from an underground saltwater reservoir that is so dense that you quickly spring to the surface like a buoy.
… I merged with the water into liquid sound. Looking up at the domed ceiling, I watched iridescent pinks and blues dissolve into the ether and return as different shapes. Closing my eyes, I relaxed to the reverberations of the violin and cello, and let the music massage me, lulling me further into myself. (…)
Liquid Sound sprang from the creative mind of artist and musician Micky Remann during a research expedition to study orca whales in the Canadian Pacific. “It was like listening to a beautiful otherworldly symphony, and very relaxing – almost trance like”, he says.
“Music sounds different in the water – you experience it more fully”, says Remann. This is partly because sound travels faster through water. And because 70 percent of the human body is composed of water, it’s no surprise that Liquid Sound will have you feeling the music in every pore.
Wet & Wild
Where do German ravers go when the sun rises? Liquidrom, an aquatic playground for those who like floating in 98-degree salt water while listening to local DJs and relaxing nature sounds. Connected to Berlin’s Tempodrom multimedia centre, the teched-out spa features a state-of-the-art sound system that pumps out music above and below the surface.
Spa Talk – What’s new
European travellers in search of innovation should head to Berlin. The recently opened Liquidrom Thermal Baths feels like a sensory experiment but is in fact an effective attempt at a new kind of urban sanctuary – one that blends sensuality, relaxation, and contemporary culture. Floating in the buoyant salt water of the 400-square-foot pool, guests can gaze at light and image projections on the walls and vaulted ceiling while an ambient music soundscape gently permeates both water and air.
The Whale’s Jukebox
On the eve of the June meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Berlin, a coalition of whale activists and artists put on an eco-show that plunged the audience into the acoustic environment of cetaceans. The event, titled “Whale Song and Noise Attack” and produced by German artist Micky Remann, was a departure in focus as well as format from the usual IWC protests. The evening began in the Tempodrom, Berlin’s brand-new cultural centre with a hundred-foot canvas ceiling in the shape of an opening lotus flower.
Then, the audience was invited next door to the Liquidrom health spa for a full-moon concert in the world’s only underwater performance venue. Surrounded by hidden grottos overhung by massive cantilevered columns, the pool is all rounded edges, the waterline meeting the rim in a perfectly flat seam. The water is body temperature and just salty enough to buoy a human body for hours without effort. The music, played through the Liquidrom’s twelve underwater speakers, was composed entirely of audio clips of marine creatures, sampled, looped, layered and manipulated through electronic instruments to create a sound that has elements of techno, hip hop, and meditation. For two liquid hours, the audience was immersed in the soundscapes of cetaceans. No lap swims, no dives. Not a splash any where, and very little conversation. Just people floating and listening. In the wake of the event, thousands of signatures were added to a global petition against navy sonar testing.
Immersi nella musica
Assistere a un concerto sott acqua: L’ultima frontiera del benessere parte da Berlino. Con un titolo che è sa solo un manifesto: Liquid Sound.
Journal, Jan. 2003
A director in flip-flops!
Micky Remann runs a concert hall under water, is the curator of the world bell concert and builds houses from willow branches. A dreamer? Maybe, but one who makes his dreams come true – and while he’s at it strengthens the fortunes of the small Thuringian spa town of Bad Sulza.
Remann's greatest success (…) resides on a hilltop in the Thuringian spa town of Baud Sulza. The imposing UFO is a bathing temple called the Toskana Therme.
Bathing complex? Don’t we have enough fit-for-fun wellness-aqua-centres already draining away the municipalities aching reserves? We do. But the Toskana Therme is quite different to your everyday fun bath. It attracts up to 1000 guests a day to Bad Sulza, provides 80 jobs and gives the fortunes of the 3500 inhabitant strong Bad Sulza one almighty boost. “The town and surroundings have profited appreciably from it”, enthuses mayor Johannes Hertwig.
What makes the Therme so successful is an unusual idea of body-culture: Bathing in music. The “Keep Quiet!” signs are not the brainchild of an aggravated pool attendant but part of a concept. “There is nothing to do except to do nothing…” is what Remann, director of the underwater concert hall, tells his guests before they disappear into the Liquid Sound Temple, a pool covered by an 18m high vaulted mosaic roof.
Supported by the saline water men in bathing shorts and women in bikinis float around with closed eyes as if in the Dead Sea, while the sounds of Bach, Mozart and Händel emanating from underwater speakers conjure a relaxed smile to their lips. Over there two snoozing culture addicts float towards each other, crash into each other, paddle wildly, and apologise. Beginners. And over here two more float towards each other, touch, and float on untroubled. Professionals.
Of course, finding yourself with the help of whale song in body-temperature saline water is for some esoteric claptrap. But you don’t have to try, you can simply bathe in the water and enjoy. And before you know it, it works. The water carries you, melodies surround you, and the soul relaxes. Wonderful.
Liquid Sound System is what Remann calls the relaxation interplay of water, sound and light waves. The idea was born more than 20 years ago – in the ocean. After studying German Studies and spending a time as musician with the “Mobilen Einsatzorchester” he became globetrotter and travelled the world between 1980 and 1984. “I heard the most unbelievable stories about whales in New Zealand. I absolutely wanted to know what their whale song sounded like in its original medium.”
From this time forth, he could not let go. When he writes for “Geo”, “Tempo” and “Kursbuch”, publishes prose and fairy tales, he remains true to his vision. He waited 20 days with American musician Jim Nollman on a boat in order to be able to communicate with a whale using a guitar and underwater loudspeaker. Together with Nollman and a theatre organiser he developed the Liquid-Sound technique. He organised underwater concerts, searched for an appropriate room, and for investors. Klaus-Dieter Böhm and Marion Schneider, the owners and operators of the Klinikzentrum in Bad Sulza are enthusiastic. The community of Bad Sulza too.
“How was the concert last night?” – “Great. First we got undressed. Then I put my hands over my ears. And in the end I fell asleep.” Whenever Micky Remann tells this joke he immediately ensures his guests that this behaviour is not at all embarrassing, it’s how it should be. And it’s true. Micky Remann’s underwater concerts are so relaxing it’s hard not to fall asleep in the warm water.
And putting you hands over your ears is something you simply have to try out. “Paradoxically sound transmission in water is less fluid. There’s no echo and reverberation. Hearing is whole-body experience, the bones and muscles of the body become a single giant eardrum,” says Remann. You can hear just as clearly with your hands over your ears. Sound transmission in water is five times faster and with loudspeakers distributed throughout the pool it is impossible to differentiate between left and right. The body becomes the centre of the concert. It has to be experienced.
The director in flip-flops doesn’t just mix classical, jazz or pop together from CD. He arranges events. At weekends or full-moon there are special events such as “Bach under water” or the “Liquid Sound Club”. Live events are also a regular occurrence. Over 300 have already taken place. Some of these have been captured on the album “Liquid Sound Volume 1”.
And as if that were not enough, he is now in action in Berlin. In May 2002 the Toskana Therme’s little brother opened, the Liquidrom in the Tempodrom Berlin. Is Germany going to be overrun with Liquid-Sound temples following in MacDonald’s footsteps? “It’s about developing the medium.” answers Remann, “Take for example the opera. Each larger city has an opera house. But the Sydney Opera House and the Scala in Milan are two very different things. More places should become aware of the possibilities Liquid-Sound can offer. And of course, the buildings have to be individual” More probable is Remann’s plan for the tenth anniversary of Liquid-Sound. “On the 9th November 2003, Liquid-Sound will be ten years old. We have a special treat in mind: Whale-sound live from the oceans and heard in the Toskana Therme.” Whale-song live in the hills of Thuringia? Those who have got to know Remann know that he is not joking.
| Marco Polo Travel Atlas Germany
“There’s no need to swim in the Toskana Therme thermal baths in Bad Sulza. The saline water carries your body on its own. However, keep your ears underwater and you will hear classical music, whale song and ethno sound. A total of seven different pools offer different sounds in a pleasant and airy bathing temple. Not only that, underwater hearing is therapeutic. Pure relaxation.”
Germany, Thüringen. Toskana Therme
“In Bad Sulza the bathers bathe not only in water but also in music and light. Liquid Sound is the name of the special attraction at the bathing temple in Bad Sulza. Pure relaxation for stressed souls. Aqua Wellness is a must: Bathers are accompanied by Aqua Wellness Bodyworkers on a water journey – a fantastic experience.”
The Toskana Therme is famous the world over.
“The Toskana Therme has been accorded a place as one of three German Baths in the Top-100 thermal baths in the world. An American expert praised the design, quality and concept of the Toskana Therme.”
|Further enthusiastic responses to Liquid Sound in the media can be read in the German pages.