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Large Musical Cacophony Umbrella Array
is best explained by standing under a
single umbrella in a quiet place on a day
when there is persistent rain.
Given that the individual segmented
panels of most umbrellas are under equal
tension, the noise of the rain striking them
is fairly consistent.
consider how the sound would
change if each panel was under a different
tension. Whilst some drops would make a
dull thud against a slack surface, others
hitting a panel under greater tension
would generate a sharp snap, like a snare
This is the basic principal behind the
Umbrellas in the Array. The tensioners for
each panel are controlled by a program
that can alter the pattern of the sound of
the rain striking the membranes in such a
way as to create a musical experience for
those who spend time sheltering
The Array itself has multiple umbrellas set
up in a public place so that a group of
people can either linger in order to enjoy a
full length symphony, or just be subjected
to a brief cacophony as they casually pass
Have one of these music box-like devices [swimr, Aug 21 2008]
||Well I think you've got the basses covered.
||I'm not sure if this would be musically pleasing in reality but I like the thinking behind the idea.
||Nice - and this would give employment to
umbrella-tuners ("Would sir like his umbrella to play a minor chord or a major chord?")
If it ever actually rained here I would build one.
||This should definitely be implemented with the rainbow-type umbrella that has panels of different colour.
||It would be really cool, if you could have your own personal umbrella, that has a little wind-up key, like for little cars and music boxes and such.
||A device similar to those in music boxes [Link] could control the tension in the umbrella, playing a song as it rains. [+]
||I like the tenor of your thought. I think it will bassoon applauded, and drum up a fair few buns. I note that the annotators have conducted themselves admirably, and in a civil tone. Sounds like a winner.
||Could we have the panels made out of differing materials as well, like brass and wood? You know, to sax it up a bit? Unless that's an altogether other kettle of fish. I don't want to take the wind out of your sails, or string this out unnecessarily.
||I'm sure others will chime in with their own suggestions.