About The Waterphone

Held by its neck or suspended by a cord, a Waterphone may be played as a stringed or as a percussion instrument with bow, mallets, and hand/fingers. My Waterphones have been used successfully to call whales and other Cetaceans.

They require only a small amount of maintenance and very little instruction is needed. My Waterphones are hand crafted, durable, sonic sculptures that are fun and easy to play.

Waterphones have been used on film and TV sound tracks such as "Poltergeist," "Star Trek" movie (music by Jerry Goldsmith), "Bugsy," "Young Guns," remake of "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "The Man Who Skied Down Mt. Everest," "A Pure Formality" (French), "Truman," "Powder," "Mystery Men," "The Matrix," "The Shadow Conspiracy," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "The Spirit," "Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)," the TV production "24," "Female Perversion," "The Mentalist" and many others.


A few Waterphone collector/players: Aerosmith, Kim Atkinson, Richard Barone, Todd Barton, Andrew Carter, Lee Charlton, Carson Cooman, Tony D'Anna, Rubem Dantas, David Darling, Karen Elaine, Reinhard Flatischler, Evelyn Glennie, Dave Grusin, Sofia Gubaidulina, Micky Harte, Imogene Heap, Toshiyuki Hiraoka, Kitaro, Klang, Gary Knowlton, Chris Lamb, Pete Lockett, Bill McQuay, Robert Minden Ensemble, Nexus, Not Breathing, John Pascuzzi, Luis Peralta, Emil Richards, Steve Roach, Christopher Rouse, Lalo Schifrin, Tom Scott, Andi Spicer, Jesse Stewart, John Synder, Bert Turetsky, Glen Velez, Sara Winge, Tom Waits, and many others.

Waterphones have been exhibited in museums and galleries and utilized by music/performance groups and symphonies such as the "New York Philharmonic" and others worldwide. The Renwick Gallery (The Smithsonian Institute), The Oakland Museum, The Walter Anderson Museum of Art, L.A.I.C.A., the San Francisco Folk Art Museum and the Exploratorium are a few of the art spaces to exhibit them. They have been the subject of several documentaries including "Art Notes," aired on public television in San Francisco and a movie short, "Celestial Wave" as well as numerous videos on YouTube.

This instrument is well represented in contemporary music. A few recordings are: Miles Davis, "Aurora" & "Tutu," Steve Roach & Robert Rich's "Soma," Petit Mal's "World Siezure" & "Levitation," Machette Ensemble's "Matters Not," Mel Graves' "3 Worlds," George Marsh's "MarshLand," Tokenki's "Primal Landscape," Petite Jinks "Where Is The One," Terra Nova's "Groundswell," Bill Frisell's "Old Sugar Bear," Todd Barton's "Nosferatu," "Droman," & "Timbres," Gatmo's "Sideshow Seance" and Tan Dun's "Water Music." (Also see Richard's "Water Dreams" and the Gravity Adjusters Expansion Band, "ONE" offered on this site).

In Memoriam:

"It’s an honor to carry on my friend Richard Waters’ incredible legacy of sound and vision. Overall, Richard Waters was my biggest influence in learning how to combine disciplines and forge new ones. Out of our friendship bore an exchange of ideas, a mentorship, and a supportive confidant during the creative process."- Brooks Hubbert III

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Rayme Waters

"Brooks Hubbert is the ideal artist to expand the legacy of the Waterphone. My father, Richard Waters, was impressed with Brooks' dedication to soulful music and inspired craftsmanship, two vital aspects of making these world-famous percussion instruments. This new generation of Waterphones, handmade by Brooks with both technical skill and an ear to tonal quality, my father would have been thrilled to play. It's with the Waters' family blessing that Brooks' carries on the tradition of the Waterphone."

-Rayme Waters



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