There’s a point that’s made in Melville’s Moby Dick that’s obliviously interesting.

“Were the Niagara but a cataract of sand, would you travel your thousand miles to see it?’

It’s absurd how staring out your window just isn’t quite the same without rain. A desert has powerful energy, but imagine a thunderstorm in the middle of a dry canyon. Next level stuff yeah?

There’s something to be said for how water can easily be taken for granted. I’ve recently taken up lap swimming and my mind is cleared significantly more after a good swim compared to a run or even bike ride. When thinking of the other elements, yeah we sit around a fire, but a bonfire is not the same as going to the lake. I suppose to take that thought further, you can build a bonfire near the lake, but you can’t build a lake near a bonfire (unless you’ve got a mad bankroll to afford the task).

With these partial thoughts in mind, here are some projects I’ve come across recently with water in context that have just soaked my brain with intrigue.

Jürgen Müller was a German oceanographer who spent somewhere around 30 years of his life out amongst the sea. The story goes, while he was studying at the University of Kiel, he bought some music recording gear and set it up on his house boat. He went on to translate the more artistic versus scientific interest into music. The album is marked to be released around 1948 but has since been re-issued via Digitalis Recordings. Not the first time the ocean has been used as a muse, but I have yet to find the subject of the ocean exhausted  You can read in more in depth  on the project through the link, but below is the music to speak further for itself.

As common as rain can be, there’s not much competition for naturally occurring attractions. There’s something about a field recording that drowns your subconscious with the sounds of water bombarding surface areas. The more therapeutic side of water bleeds through waterfalls, streams, rushing rivers…I digress.

rAndom International has designed a way via 3D projections and a mystifying contraption for you to experience rain without getting wet. The rain room, as it’s called, is currently installed at NYC’s MoMa through July 28th, 2013.

I could go on and on and on and on and on….

about water. Links for days of cool projects (water influenced through sine waves to name one), beautiful pictures of subaquatic life, sounds of waves crashing, etc. If there’s ever a block in creativity or brain blockage of some sort, maybe some time near water is all that’s needed.