Musical movement at your fingertips. That’s how the company behind this revolutionary new concept describe it. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the digital piano in a fun and new-age way, then look no further than Andante. Learn to play the keys by watching these dancing holograms quite literally walk across the keys.
The concept is pretty simple, yet so refreshing. The tangible media group have created a design which projects walking figures (and, bizarely, occasionally an ostrich), on the face of the piano, in order for them to appear as though they are playing the notes they tread on. Not only this, but the idea help you learn not just which keys to strike, but how hard and for how long you should be playing them.
Revolutionary musical development
Andante, named, of course, after the musical tempo marking, is the brainchild of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s oragnisation, the Tangible Media group, and their vision is simple: to explore the tangible bits and radical atoms visions to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation. Or, in this case: watching musical holograms lumber and dance across the piano face, in order for you to see as you learn. Their website boasts that they wish to promote an understanding of the music rooted in the body, taking advantage of walking as one of the most fundamental human rhythms.
The team behind Adante now hope that their creation can go on to teach students wishing to learn the piano at all stages. Drawing from their own personal experiences of learning to play the piano, they identified three skills central to musicianship – listening, embodied understanding and creative imagination. Creative imagination indeed, just one term to describe this new concept.