AR Synth

March 2021 | By Jonathan Tanant and Christine Sugrue, Artists in Residence at Google Arts & Culture Lab

Turn your home into an electronic music studio with 3D and Augmented Reality!

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AR Synth is an online AR/3D experiment that helps everyone to engage and play with five famous synthesizers from the collection of the Swiss Museum for Electronic Music Instruments (SMEM): create interactive loops, compose patterns and interact with features inspired by these machines.


How Does It Work?
On mobile devices that support AR:
Scan your surroundings, drag and drop instruments of your choice, and start composing! Each instrument is controlled by a 16-step sequencer. Explore numerous arrangements automatically generated by the system or compose your own using the grid controller. Get creative with the tweak button to sculpt your sound, a feature inspired by the iconic knobs, sliders and switches of actual synthesizers.

On mobile and desktop without AR:
We created a virtual space where you can drag and drop instruments of your choice and start composing! Drag the screen to pan, zoom in to see the details on the instruments, and right click to orbit.

AR Synth is a part of Music, Makers & Machines, the first comprehensive overview of a music movement presented on Google Arts & Culture


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