Met Music is a mobile app that allows users to interact with a digital version of some of the historic instruments in the Met’s musical instruments collection. Visitors can get a hands on look at what made those instruments innovative by exploring the instruments’ inner workings and having the opportunity to make music, hopefully creating a newfound appreciation for musical innovation.
The project was designed and developed in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as part of a class at the NYU Game Center called Designing for the Met. The goal of the class was is to create ways for audiences to interact with the museum in unique and interesting ways.
In the prototype of Met Music, players can get a hands on look at the innovation brought by the Cristofori Grand Piano, the first piano to include a hammer mechanism. This allowed music players to change volume based on how hard the keys were struck. In the app, we represent this by allowing the player to swipe down on a key and observe how the mechanism speeds up based on the length of the swipe. We also allow the user to play 4 different chords that form a popular progression. This way the user can experiment with the innovation that the Cristofori brought while playing some tunes they may recognize.
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