I am seeking creative musicians and composers who play the waterphone(s) exceptionally well and have recordings of their music. The TOP THREE will be posted to this site along with a short - 2 to 4 minutes in lenght and it can be an excerpt from a long piece of music. Pieces that are longer than 4 minutes will be disqualified. Last years winners will not be eligible until a year has passed. The music submitted can have other instruments but the waterphone must be the featured instrument. It can also be a combination of waterphones. All genres of music will be considered as in classical, jazz, free, improvised, country, rock, rap, latin, and pop. Information should accompany the piece of music such as who is submitting and how to get in touch with them, the players, where/who recorded and on what equipment and a link to where it can be purchased if it is for sale. (Only the information you want listed will be on my web site.) The mp3 can be submitted as an attachment to an email or on a CD. If submitting a CD contact me for a mailing address. Nothing will be returned so send copies - no originals. If you have an exceptional or outstanding photo please include that. Every year or two assuming I have enough entrees, I will make changes by putting up on this web site newer waterphone music that is judged as superior .

The prizes for the top 3 winners, (aside from the exposure on my web site) will be items such as a new pair of bamboo/superball mallets or perhaps a small percussion item, hand made by me. Judges will be myself and perhaps others I designate who have experience not only with the waterphone but a wide range of contemporary music in general. You are welcome to enter more than one piece of music as well as participating yearly.

- Winners -


2012 Winners

"Sylvan Lights", by Keith Mann from Australia
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This waterphone recording, "Sylvan Lights" was made in 2002 at Great White Noise studio by Greg White). I believe the synth sounds were created by him. There were two passes of a Standaes waterphone takes and this is a mix of the two.

"Lurch", by Jesse Stewart and Pauline Oliveros from the USA
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Jesse Stewart (on waterphone) and Pauline Oliveros (on "V Accordion") and from our forthcoming duo CD titled "The Dunrobin Session" - CD by Nuun Records in France.

"Suikin", by Toshiyuki Hiraoka from Japan
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"Sui" means water in Japanses + "kin" means Koto (the Japanese instrument). I mixed Whaler, Bass and MegaBass waterphone sounds on Cubase. I used a handmade piezo pickup, audio-technica ATM35 and Universal Audio 710 (Mic Preamplifier).


The two winners from 2011 are also previous winners from past years as they continue to create outstanding pieces of Waterphone music. Todd Barton is in my opinion the most outstanding and versatile composer on planet Earth, utilizing various Waterphones and techniques and processing. In fact his submissions were so good, I am including all three as 2010 winners along with his comments.

  1. "Lower Depths" is made from Bass Waterphone samples that have been transposed down many octaves.
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    Lower Depths

  3. "Nocturnal" is a duet with a Buchla 200e and a Bass Waterphone.
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    Nocturnal

  5. "Processed" is a live performance of an Ultralite with a contact mic on the bottom resonator feeding the signal through a variety of effects pedals and a Buchla 200e analog synthesizer.
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    Processed

However, the rising star is a Japanese Composer, Toshi Hiraoka, who continues to expand not only his own talents playing the Waterphone but also his inventive compositions. His piece "Hammersmith Dream" is extremely well done.

MAAT - (consist of) Pedro Leal(Portugal) and Toshiyuki Hiraoka(Japan). We made the song changing audio files via internet. We met in France more than 20 years ago. We were in 2 different bands. I went back to Japan and Pedro to Portugal but our friendship is still continued and have worked together via Internet. Itís the project, MAAT.

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MAAT

I am honored that such talented people are using my instruments to create such interesting music.

Thank you,

Richard Waters


Once again excellent waterphone music was submitted and below are the winners for 2009.
My congratulations to this year's winners,

- Richard Waters -

Jesse Stewart

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Inner Voices

"Inner Voices" was recorded by Johannes Welsch at the Dunrobin Sonic Gym outside of Ottawa, Canada in 2009. The recording consists of bowed solo Megabass waterphone with a little bit of studio processing: the initial recording is transposed down two and three octaves and then the two tracks are played a little bit out of phase with one another. This results in suprisingly human sounding vocal/choral quality, particularly toward the end of the piece.

Jesse Stewart
stewartjesse@hotmail.com


Photo by Jake Morrison

Email: info@jessestewart.ca
Website: www.jessestewart.ca

Todd Barton

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Kensho

"Kensho" was performed on a Standard waterphone. The waterphone part was recorded live in a single pass then brought into Logic and I performed a single live backing track using a synth pad from Spectrasonics' software synth: Omnisphere. The timbral complexity and flexibility of the waterphone fascinates and inspires me endlessly. Thank you Richard for such a phenomenal instrument. And, once again, I'm honored and humbled to be a part of this group of waterphone players.

Todd Barton

Email: bartonmusic@mac.com
Website: http://web.mac.com/toddbarton

Toshiyuki Hiraoka

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Iron Fish

I played and recorded the song. The loops were created with a delay pedal while layering sounds. Then I edited a bit on PC. This time I used a little condenser micophone (audio-technica ATM35) to record the Megabass.

Toshiyuki Hiraoka

Website: http://www.toshiyukihiraoka.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/toshiwater or http://www.myspace.com/toshiyukihiraokaski


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