A Fun And Collaborative Musical Instrument In Augmented Reality

client: Self-commissioned

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Compose your own songs with AR

OrBeat is an augmented reality sequencer built for fun and collaborative music composition. Choose your sounds, place them in space, and listen back to your tracks in real-time!

Collaborative music making

We have been experimenting with spatial sound for a long time and we have previously released an app: Aero One, which formed a musical playground in augmented reality. With OrBeat we wanted to take the concept further and enable collaborative music-making. As usual, we added a sprinkle of surprise and magic!

Playfulness and tangibility

To come up with a distinct look for our world of sound, we made several iterations, in the form of 3D pre-visualisations, before settling on the final design. One of the main design challenges was to give each instrument its own distinct visual identity and behaviour so that users could remember them, while at the same time keeping the shapes abstract to create a sense of discovery and playfulness.

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We always like to share our experiments with the larger public, so that we can collectively reimagine the interactions between people and emerging technologies. Orbeat was first presented at the Retune Digital Arts Lab as part of the 2019 Hub.Berlin conference. It was a real crowd-pleaser!

Download and play!

And now you can try it yourself! Download Orbeat for iOS or Android. If you notice any bugs or glitches, please let us know at [email protected]