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MIDAS Perceptual Guidance Musical Instrument

MIDAS Perceptual Guidance Musical Instrument | Red Dot Design Award

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MIDAS gives users access to myriad musical options presented in a way that is instantly accessible. Everything from MIDAS’s unique shape to its intuitive playability is designed to encourage users to hold the instrument and produce music instinctively. Unlike traditional instruments, the arrangement of sensors on the interface of MIDAS precisely matches palm and finger positions. This allows MIDAS to respond to touch and create a nuanced and emotive playing experience, thus providing the same expressive functionality found in traditional instruments. The interface is split up into three distinct sections that give non-musicians everything from complex arpeggio, melody and chord combinations as well as control options over the tempo and key of the music. The weeks or months it might take a regular user to perform melodies, chords, and arpeggios on a conventional instrument can be shortened down to a literal instant with MIDAS. Its wireless feature further transmits the audio signal to any wireless receiver. This can include the amplifier, speaker, and computer. Lastly, the MIDAS app gives users access to adjustable settings for tone, tempo and chord combinations, while connecting the user to a broader community of MIDAS players. Users can share and download unique chord progressions, arpeggios, and other personalised settings. MIDAS’ ability for immediate emotional expression through music is what makes the tool unique and successful.

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Credits
  • Design studio:
    AMI Lab, United States
  • Team Lead:
    Zhian Wang
  • Design:
    Chien Chien Lu
MIDAS Perceptual Guidance Musical Instrument | Red Dot Design Award
MIDAS Perceptual Guidance Musical Instrument | Red Dot Design Award