#9 is a dizzying new music theater piece about the technological tools we use – and how they use us. Here, Waterwell dives into a strange, bewildering world of digital immersion where the virtual is more real than reality.
#9 premiered at the 59E59 Theater in the summer of 2009 and was called “UPROARIOUS! Featuring a quartet of fearless performances, Off-Broadway’s a better place with Waterwell online” by the Village Voice.
In the production, this piece “Busy Tone” was performed by David Ryan Smith, with lyrics by Rodney Gardiner, as inspired by his own fear and frustration when not able to contact his family on Turks and Caicos during Hurricane Hannah. In composing this piece, a sampled busy signal was mapped to a midi keyboard via Logic so that the signal itself could be played as live accompaniment during the performance. (This demo recording features Lauren)