Water Synth

Jarone A Wright, Melissa Parker

A waterfall that plays notes when you pass your hand under it.



A waterfall that functions as a musical instrument. When the user passes their hand under the waterfall, notes will play. The note will be sustained as long as they keep their hand in the same position. It will be possible to play chords or intervals (multiple notes at once) using both hands.

We wanted to experiment with an interface that used water. Because we're using distance sensors to detect the users hands, the instrument technically still works without any water in the system. However, tactile feedback is an important part of a musical instrument. The water also offers an important visual cue to the user. Finally, there's something really playful about splashing around in water and making music.


Introduction to Physical Computing ITPG-GT.2301.006