Water organ of Villa d’este, Italy

The Renaissance villa “Villa d’este” outside of Rome is famous for its more than five hundred fountains, water games and water surprises, all of which are mechanically driven by old, good engineering spirit. Water is led by gravity through underground tunnels and led to the various installations who needs nothing more than this natural pressure to function. The pipes in the water organ are also driven by the weight/pressure of the water.

Villa d’este: Pirro Ligorio and Alberto Galvani 1550. Read more

Organ and hydraulics: Claude Venard och Thomaso Chiruchi


Large stone altar in one piece, from which water drops and flows.

Västra hamnen, Malmö


Excess water from a water basin, chozubachi, drops into a hidden cavity underground. The encounter with the water surface creates a sound which resonates and brings a musical tone. Suikinkutsu is a centuries old tradition in Japan and it can be found in several zen gardens, this video clip is from Enkō-ji in Kyoto.

For a collection of suikinkutsu, visit: https://vimeo.com/album/5683754


A  bamboo pipe attached to a shaft. The cavity is filled with water until the equilibrium is broken and the tube turns. Originally, this construction was used by farmers to keep unwanted animals away from the harvests. Gradually they began to appreciate the sound, which can be regarded as a symbolism of time and eternity. This shishi-odoshi is from Shisen-dō, and it is said that Jozan, who built the garden, was one of the first people to start enjoying the shishi-odoshi as part of the garden aesthetics. The sound and character of shishi-odoshi varies, another example: https://vimeo.com/311374391

Uppsala stadsträdgård

Example of beam / rays

Uppsala stadsträdgård

Näckens polska

Example of beam / rays.

Näckens polska by Bror Hjort

Built 1967 at Uppsala centralstation

Mariatorget, Stockholm

Tors Fiske

Anders Wissler, 1903

Mariatorget, Stockholm

Sergels torg, Stockholm

Berceau, several pieces. Powerful sound. However, most of the sound seems to belong to the traffic since it is closer and since it is hard to easily reach the fountain.

Sergels torg, Stockholm

Jet beam in pace

Unconstrained jet beam with a clear, somewhat irregular pace.

Norra Bantorget, Stockholm

Spray and Jet rays

Strongly sounding fountain, with pulsating jets and high frequency spraying nozzles placed in a ball shape.

Norra latins konferenscenter, Stockholm

Simultaneous jets

This installation includes six dynamic pulsating jets, who all keep their own, slightly different, pace. Together they create a constant expression – a recurring rhythm.

Several simultaneous jets

Resecentrum, Uppsala

Rushing water curtain

A rushing water curtain whose sound resonates in the container where the falling water meets the water surface. The resonance brings a tone to the sound which, through reflection on the wall, reaches a higher level that is able to match the intense traffic in the environment.

The Royal Palace, Stockholm

Stylized nature rapids

Evenly scattered along the staircase from Södra vallgatan, leading down to Parkkanalen in Malmö, these stylized nature installations spread a atmospheric sound that dominates the location. The focus is shifted from the traffic-crowded Drottninggatan (located on the other side of the canal) to the naturally located water element.

Södra vallgatan, Malmö

The Passionflower

This combination of jets with different character present a recurring rhythmic pattern.

Passionsblomman (1963) by Thure Thörn

Fridhemstorget, Malmö

Tonal water flow

The fall of the water is designed so that it breaks the surface tension which creates a clear underwater tone. The sound seems to tell us about a mysterious world underneath the surface.


Western harbour, Malmö