Din Don

Din Don is an audio-kinetic sculpture we at Creative Machines like to fondly refer to as a "Ball Machine". Creative Machines works in collaboration with artist George Rhoads to design and build these "Ball Machines" (As well as many other types of public art/exhibits). Ball machines, in general, are complex mechanical sculptures that utilize cycling balls, often billiard balls, marbles, etc., to interact with various noise-making or visual elements. Din Don is located in the Harborlarnd - Umie Mall in Kobe Japan and was built for the Asahi and Mitsubishi Corporations. The sculpture is approximately 23' tall and has a footprint of 8'x8'.

Dirk Prather was the Lighting Designer and CueServer programmer for this project.

Interactive: How was CueServer used in this project?

Dirk Prather: In Din Don, the CueServer 2 940 DIN is managing 10 brush-less motors via the digital outputs as well as streaming DMX code to 48 linear feet of iColor Accent MX Powercore LED tube fixtures by Philips Color Kinetics. The Cue Server is continuously monitoring with various playbacks, controlling lighting animations timed with the GPS clock (-30 before sunset) with 8 different selectable programs for holidays/special events (using the 8 RGB buttons on the front). In addition, there are 2 contact closure "master switches" that feature "force on/off /run program" functions for both the light the motor systems.

Interactive: How would you describe your experience with CueServer?

Dirk Prather: As a mechanical engineer who doesn't do much coding, the CueServer was a godsend. Definitely going to use Cue Server for our next big installation!

Din Don
Harborland Umie Mall, Kobe, Japan


Dirk Prather
Creative Machines

Project Details:

  • CueServer 2 DIN
  • DMX Streaming over Ethernet
  • Time-of-Day Triggering
  • Integration with 10 brush-less motors
  • Philips Color Kinetics Integration

Din Don

Project Photos