Spooky Fountain Action at a Distance

[paraphrasing Einstein's comment regarding the bewildering
concept of particle entanglement theorized by quantum physicists!]

H2Oarts recently completed a unique installation of its musical water feature automation system.

This fountain consists of a stone deck with nine ‘randomly placed waterswitch-actuated jets, each with a full-color LED ring and all fed by one VFD-controlled pool pump. Its functionality is driven by the H2Oarts DMX system running on a Windows tablet.

It is installed on an estate in Maryland for the owner's family and friends to play in, and includes the capability for any audio source to spontaneously choreograph the jets, stream height, and LED color. It also has non-musical modes for ‘ambient use and maintenance.

It all runs programmatically on a schedule, but offers complete manual override via the touchscreen control tablet or from Wi-Fi and/or Internet connected mobile devices.

So what makes it ?em>Spooky Fountain Action at a Distance?

Well, H2Oarts never left California to implement it, yet the owner is ecstatic about how well it performs and how cost-effective it was.

How is this possible?


H2Oarts employs its proprietary 3D simulator, which faithfully emulates the behavior of DMX-controlled pumps, valves, and lights. Nozzles can be vertical, angled, or articulating, and of any diameter and shape. The simulator reads DMX from any show control system, then in real time animates an accurate representation of the water feature devices' behavior.

On this project, the client acquired an H2Oarts-spec'd Windows tablet, which was shipped to H2Oarts for actual development. When basic programming was complete, it was returned to the client, who simply had to connect it to the DMX chain and power it up. With a full-time Internet connection, H2Oarts was then able to remotely implement refinements and help the local installer to commission the system.

Since synchronized musical choreography depends on delaying audio and DMX to compensate for the lag introduced by pumps and plumbing, H2Oarts asked the installer to shoot a mobile phone video while playing a test tone file as the audio source. H2Oarts then used the recording to determine the offset between the tone sound and the visibility of water at the nozzle, and dialed in audio and DMX delays to compensate.

The H2Oarts system is configured to wake up and run a basic circulation program, but is always ‘listening for audio in. When it ‘hears audio it switches to Musical Response mode and auto-choreographs the fountain. When silence is detected between songs, it reverts to running pre-programmed sequences. Of course all functions are available for simple remote control by a touch button panel....


See www.h2oarts.com/automation.htm for more background on the Musical Automation System.

All of H20Arts show control solutions effortlessly scale, and are therefore cost-effective for small scale residential projects such as this, up to large commercial installations…anywhere.

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