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Creating Musical-Fountain Shows

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2 Author(s)
Min-Joon Yoo ; Yonsei Univ., Seoul, South Korea ; In-Kwon Lee

Spectators greatly appreciate majestic musical fountains such as the Bellagio music fountain in Las Vegas and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona. A plethora of water jets and colored lights gives these fountains a gorgeous appearance. But what further distinguishes them is that their displays are synchronized with accompanying music. Fountains that just make patterns with water jets have now developed into multimedia shows with music, light, and special effects. A musical fountain with synchronized water and music creates an atmosphere that can be exciting or romantic. The fountains in Las Vegas and Barcelona are huge, but smaller musical fountains are now appearing in many urban spaces. Whatever the fountain size, the choreography requires painstaking, expert programming, and their creators can only achieve this after careful analysis of the music. Skilled musical-fountain programmers can spend days or even weeks creating a new performance, but this is expensive. So, they rarely change the routines, and they repeat a limited program every day. For this reason, programmers usually choreograph the routines to classical music or well-known pop songs rather than very new music.

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Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 5 )