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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. ”



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12 Responses to “Ontario Science Centre Hydraulophone – musical keyboard water fountain”

  1. skittleskater Says:

    that is freakin amazing.

  2. Think or Thwim » Hydraulophone - Water Jet Pipe Organ Flute Fountain Thing Says:

    […] The instrument in the video is installed at the Ontario Science Centre. Hacked Gadgets has a lot of pictures and videos. hydralophones, music, steve mann […]

  3. Bill Compton Says:

    Hi Jim. Photos i received. Thanks

  4. hiutopor Says:


    Very interesting information! Thanks!


  5. Ma Look No Pants Says:

    That’s really cool. how does it work?

    Wouldn’t that be really cold?

  6. Keenseabnop Says:


  7. spagMaism Says:

    Where you wanted?


  8. paratayoma Says:

    Hey Guys!
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    In the case of a rotary woofer, it is
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  9. Testinsvip Says:

    Hi all!


  10. TralikVas Says:

    Хочу предложить способ отдыха и заработка одновременно! Нет это не прдажа нефтяных вышек
    или сафари на электровеники. Это круче!!! Подробней читайте ТУТ

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  12. kinetic energy Says:

    now that is a cool instrument i wonder if they ever tried to develop this to the mass market?

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