Ultra Low Res Studio
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Fountain Composer

Fountain Composer

interactive sound and water installation

 

touch sensors, water fountains, audio

Ultra Low Res was commissioned by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to design and build an interactive work for their Gardens of Sound and Motion show. 

Based on consulting work previously developed with Disney Research Pittsburgh, ULR pitched the concept of an interactive "composer station" that would allow visitors to control a cluster of high-power water fountains as well as key melodic components in a generative sound composition

 
 Detail of aluminum interaction pods.

Detail of aluminum interaction pods.

 

Situated alongside the indoor Victoria Room Pond, the Fountain Composer consists of several capacitive touch-sensors integrated into an aluminum control station, designed specifically for the space and detailed and fabricated by Standard & Custom

 
 Adult visitors enjoy exploring the piece just as much as children.

Adult visitors enjoy exploring the piece just as much as children.

 

As visitors enter the room, they're engulfed in an ambient  soundscape and immediately confronted with the Fountain Composer. Signage directs them to explore the piece by touching any of the 12 aluminum pads. When one or more pads are touched, a corresponding fountain springs to life from the pond and a deep bell-like tone rings out and fades back into the soundscape. The entire experience is a disorienting mix of calming sound composition and kinetic surprises.