Museum curators frown upon visitors touching paintings, sculptures and artifacts, but not when those exhibits are shown in augmented reality.
With the latest AR exhibition from Google Arts & Culture, you can not only virtually touch the screens, but also create your own audio art.
The AR Synth web-based AR experience anchors replicas of up to five electronic music machines simultaneously in your space. Each virtual instrument includes a sequencer interface where you can add and remove notes or click the dice icon to create any sequence.
The instruments in AR Synth are the Moog Memorymoog and ARP Odyssey synthesizers, the Roland CR78 drum machine, the Akai S900 floppy disk sampler and the Fairlight CMI music station.
Google’s AR experience is limited to mobile browsers on Android devices as ARCore’s taste of web-based AR is not compatible with iOS. However, AR Synth is available as a non-AR 3D experience on Android, iOS and desktop browsers.
The experiment is part of the Music, Makers, & Machines exhibition, a joint effort by Google Arts & Culture and YouTube to pay tribute to the history of electronic music.
“In the 126 years since then, electronic music has evolved in equally daring and ingenious ways, a testament to the magic that comes when humans build and interact with machines. We listen to it while training, on the subway, or while studying for exams – and hopefully soon be back at the clubs and festivals that made it what it is today, ”said Simon Rein, program manager for Google Arts & Culture, in a blog post. “We hope Music, Makers & Machines will let you discover and appreciate the stories of electronic music and celebrate the creativity of its creators.”
Currently, ARCore, Live View AR navigation in Google Maps and AR content in Google Search are the crown jewels of Google’s AR products and services, but the output of Google Arts & Culture is really underestimated in terms of creativity, immersion and educational value .
The team’s app for iOS and Android includes AR art galleries and virtual replicas of historical monuments such as Chauvet Cave in France and Nine Dome Mosque in Bangladesh. Google Arts & Culture has also branched out with standalone AR apps such as Notable Women and Big Bang AR.
But AR Synth is arguably the most fun project the team has made to date, especially if you have musical bones in your body. All that’s missing is a record button.