UWA researchers playing music underwater this Australia Day at Matilda Bay

UWA researchers playing music underwater this Australia Day at Matilda Bay

A GROUP of young scientists from the University of Western Australia have ensured Australia Day celebrations at Matilda Bay will be entertaining, even if you are under water.

The team from UWA FutureLab RiverLab will be setting up speakers under the water tomorrow, so people swimming in the Swan River will be able to enjoy the latest music.

The music can be heard from up to 50 metres away, but only if your head is under surface.

UWA student Justin Geldard-Ker said the project had been given environmental approval and would have minimal impact on aquatic life in the river.

He said the project was a fun way to conduct their research.

“The idea behind this Australia Day project is to advertise our research and show the innovative equipment we’re using, while also researching how the sound of the music compares to other noises in the river,” he said.

“It’s a bit of underwater entertainment for the day.

“You’ll be able to hear it better under water if you equalize your ears. The easiest way to do this is to swallow or pinch your nose and blow.”

The music will be playing on 135 Watt Clare Synthesis underwater speakers between the pontoons in Matilda Bay between 3pm and 4pm.

The research team will be on the shore to answer any questions.