I was walking to BestBuy today along Dundas and I saw this curious little pink worm. Upon further investigation… I found out this is the office/factory of where FUNtains are produced! Fountains? but fun? But they are so cool! I went on the website and here is the blurb:
Funtain is the world leader in water based musical instruments.
We invented the Hydraulophone and we love water as a musical medium. We are experts in Hydraulophone design, construction, and installation.
Our products come in two series; a standard model and custom models.
Nessie is our standard Hydraulophone. She comes in an array of colours, is fun, and sounds great. She is available for purchase, and ready to be shipped. Click Nessie’s photo to see and hear more.
At the heart of FUNtain is our flexibility and ingenuity in invention and design. There are limitless possibilities for Hydraulophone installations. We do customized design and fabrication and have collaborated with numerous artists, designers, architects, musicians and organizations. Click on custom to view prior projects and consider the possibilities for your Hydraulophone.
Poseidophones and Hydraulophones: Waterpipe Organflute Musical Sculpture
The patented hydraulophone technology 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. Small hydraulophones like nessie can float freely in the water, so you can play your favorite songes while you bask in the pool. Larger Poseidophones can be installed in or near any wading pool or can exist as its own separate “splash pad” waterplay area.
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.
Check out FUNtain.ca
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