The Earliest Choreographed Musical Fountains

06 Feb.,2023


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An early notable example of a musical fountain choreographed live was the Pool of Industry at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, where three operators controlled the fountain, guided by a paper program that unscrolled under a glass window like the paper roll of a player piano – rather than controlling the effects directly like a piano roll, it was marked with commands that told the operators when to push the buttons and throw the switches. This fountain was more than just water and lights, however. Besides 3 million watts of lights and a gigantic pool containing 1,400 water nozzles, there were over 400 gas jets with a mechanism that caused colored flames, and fireworks were shot from over 350 launchers, creating a nighttime spectacle on a grand scale.

 Music was played live by the fair’s band and broadcast by large speakers to the areas surrounding the display. The updated show displayed at the same fairgrounds in 1964 lacked the colored flames but used punched cards for the choreography, had prerecorded music, and utilized the then-revolutionary system of dichroic light filtering which now allowed a dark-colored lens and a light-colored lens to produce the same brightness of a light. It was by this process that 700,000 watts of light produced over 3 mega candelas. This show also had single lights with multiple sliding color filters for mixing colors, and arrays of nozzles that could be adjusted, their direction changed by hydraulic or pneumatic actuators.

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