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February 17, 2007

Ontario Science Centre Hydraulophone – musical keyboard water fountain

at 5:02 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment

Pipes, pumps and water can be used for many things. The most creative use must be a Funtain Hydraulophone.

Videos and additional pictures after the jump.

“The hydraulophone or poseidophone combines the simplicity of the piano with the interface of the tin flute or recorder. You play the hydraulophone by stopping the jets of water with your fingers or hands. By blocking multiple jets you can even play chords.

Starting from the left side of the hydraulophone Each jet corresponds to a note on the musical scale starting at “A”, and moving through the musical alphabet, where each jet can be labeled as “A, B, C, D, E, F, G, a, b, c, d, etc.”.

As people run their hands over the jets, a natural minor scale is played on the whole notes from “A” to “a” leading to melodies such as “The Ants Go Marching” or “Summertime”. Starting on the jet “C” gives us the major scale from “C” to “c”, and leads to songs like “The Wheels on the Bus Go ‘Round and ‘Round”. Starting on jet “D” gives us the Dorian mode in which many traditional folk songs such as “What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor” are played. Starting with jet “E” gives us the Phrygian mode (whole note jets “E” to “e”) of flamenco music. ”