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(12) Patent Application: (11) CA 2722916
(54) English Title: MUSICAL INSTRUMENT BASED ON WATER-HAMMER, HYDRAULOPHONIC, OR HYDRAULIDIOPHONIC PERCUSSION
(54) French Title: INSTRUMENT DE MUSIQUE BASE SUR L'EFFET COUP-DE-BELIER, LA PERCUSSION HYDRAULOPHONIQUE OU LA PERCUSSION HYDRAULIDIOPHONIQUE
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • G10B 1/06 (2006.01)
  • G10H 3/14 (2006.01)
  • H04R 1/44 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors (Country):
  • MANN, STEVE (Canada)
(73) Owners (Country):
  • MANN, STEVE (Canada)
(71) Applicants (Country):
  • MANN, STEVE (Canada)
(74) Agent: NA
(45) Issued:
(22) Filed Date: 2010-11-26
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2012-05-26
Examination requested: 2013-12-30
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

English Abstract





A musical instrument or other multimedia input device is disclosed. User input
is
by way of hitting or striking water abruptly in order to produce an at least
partially
transient acoustic disturbance, vibrations, or change in the water. In one
embodiment
a dozen or so rigid pipes of various lengths (and possibly various diameters)
emit
fluid which is for being struck by a user at an open end of each pipe. The
other
end of each pipe is connected to an elastic tubing or other elastic medium,
such as
a diaphragm or bulb, resulting in a hydraulic resonator. In another embodiment

the resonators are formed from variously sized Bordeaux wine bottles or
Florence
flasks encased completely in cement, except for the mouths of the bottles,
each bottle
having two additional holes drilled for a water inlet port and a listening
port. Each
hydraulic resonator is fitted with a sensor that senses the vibrations in the
water
and amplifies the vibrations into a sound reproduction system, such as an
entirely
acoustic impedance matcher or an electrical amplification system.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.




WHAT I CLAIM IS:


1. A water pipe piano, said water pipe piano comprising one or more pipes each

for being filled with water, each pipe having a proximate user-interface end,
and a distal end, each distal end being connected to an elastic element, said
water pipe piano also having a means for transforming vibrations in water to
vibrations in air.

2. A bottle piano of claim 1, where said pipes are each a neck of a bottle,
and said
elastic elements are each a bulb of a bottle, and said means for transforming
vibrations comprises an hydrophone for being inside each of said bottles.

3. A bottle piano of claim 1, including a number of bottles of varying size or

shape, said size or shape selected such that each bottle forms a Helmholtz
resonator having a frequency of a different note on a musical scale, when each

bottle is completely filled with water, where each neck of each bottle is said

pipe, and each bulb of each bottle is said elastic element, and said means for

transforming vibrations comprises an hydrophone in each of said bottles, said
hydrophones being connected to a mixer to combine electrical outputs of each
of said hydrophones into a combined signal.

4. The bottle piano of claim 3, further including an amplifier having an input

responsive to an output, of said combined signal, said bottle piano further in-

cluding a feedback transducer arranged to excite vibrations in water in said
bottles, when said bottles are filled with water.

5. The bottle piano of claim 4, said bottle piano mending a sustain pedal,
said
sustain pedal for altering again parameter of said amplifier.

6. A pipe piano organ including the features of claim 1, where said pipe piano
organ
includes an alternating current (AC) sensor for sensing alternating changes in

one of (1) flow; or (2) pressure, of water in each of said (1) pipes; or (2)
said
elastic elements connected to said pipes, said pipe piano organ also including
a
direct current (DC) sensor for sensing changes in one of (1) flow; or (2)
pressure,
of water in each of said (1) pipes; or (2) said elastic elements connected to
said
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pipes, said pipe piano organ further including a processor for combining an
output of said AC sensor and DC sensor into an audible signal.

7. The pipe piano organ of claim 6, where said processor combines said AC and
DC
signals using a delay loop to reverberate or echo said AC signal in proportion

to said DC signal.

8. An infinite-sustain pipe piano organ including the features of claim 1,
said
infinite-sustain pipe piano organ including a sensor for sensing vibrations or

flow in each of said pipes or elastic elements, said sensor for broadband
sensing
that extends from direct-current and subsonic sensing up into sensing audible
frequencies, said sensor connected to a processor for looping, echoing, or re-
verberating an alternating current component of a signal from said sensor to a

degree that is proporational to a direct current or subsonic component of said

signal.

9. An infinite-sustain pipe piano organ including the features of claim 1,
said pipes
being the necks of a plurality of Coke (TM) bottles, said instrument further
including a frequency shifter connected to each of said means for
transforming.

10. A coke organ, or coca-cola bottle organ, including the features of claim
1, said
pipes being the necks of a plurality of Coke (TM) bottles, said instrument fur-

ther including a shifterbank, an input of each shifterbank for each of a
plurality
of hydrophones, one inside each of said Coke bottles, said hydrophones forming

part of said means for transforming.

11. A musical instrument for making music with liquids such as water, said
musical
instrument having a plurality of upward-facing or non-downward-facing mouths,
each of said mouths being one end of a rigid pipe for supplying liquid to a
player
of said instrument, said instrument further including a space for elastically
holding water to a second end of each of said pipes, said space comprised of
(a) an elastic housing; or

(b) a bulb for being filled with water, such as to form a bottle with said
rigid
pipe being a neck of said bottle,

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each of said rigid pipes and spaces chosen to resonate together at one note of
a
musical scale, when said rigid pipes and spaces are filled with liquid.

12. A method of playing music using Nessonators (TM), a Nessonator being
defined
as a hydraulic water resonator that has a mouth, a hydraulic capacitor in the
form of a rigid pipe, and an hydraulic inductor in the form of an elastic
element,
said method comprising the steps of:

.cndot. arranging a plurality of Nessonators with their mouths facing upward,
and
filling each Nessonator completely with water;

.cndot. fitting each Nessonator with an acoustic transformation device that
con-
verts vibrations in water to vibrations in air;

.cndot. striking the mouths of the Nessonators to hit one or both of (1) water

emerging from the mouths; (2) the edge of the mouth;

.cndot. keeping each Nessonator filled with water so that water displaced by
said
striking is replenished, to keep each of said mouths filled with water.

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Title Date
(22) Filed 2010-11-26
(41) Open to Public Inspection 2012-05-26
Examination Requested 2013-12-30
Dead Application 2017-06-07

Payment History

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Filing $200.00 2010-11-26
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 2 2012-11-26 $50.00 2012-10-24
Request for Examination $400.00 2013-12-30
Reinstatement: Failure to Pay Application Maintenance Fees $200.00 2013-12-30
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 3 2013-11-26 $50.00 2013-12-30
Reinstatement: Failure to Pay Application Maintenance Fees $200.00 2015-11-05
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 4 2014-11-26 $50.00 2015-11-05
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 5 2015-11-26 $100.00 2015-11-05

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