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AR Synth, Google Arts & Culture

Bringing electronic music history to life

Discover Music, Makers & Machines: the online exhibition with over 13.000 archival assets, 3D scanned objects and an AR synth to play. Dive into the the history of electronic music thanks to the digital collection brought together by Google Arts & Culture and Youtube. Wherever you are, whenever you want.

Google’s AR synth – screenshot

Curated in collaboration with over 50 international partners including institutions, record labels, festivals and industry experts across fifteen countries – among which the Museum of Youth Culture, the Swiss Museum & Center for Electronic Music Instruments and Berlin’s Museum of Musical Instruments, to name a few – Music, Makers & Machines is the online permanent collection hosted on the Google Arts & Culture platform that celebrates the cultural impact of electronic music worldwide.

The digital collection includes augmented reality features, over 13,000 archival photos and videos, editorial features, more than 250 online exhibitions, 10.000 scans of Phatmedia’s rave flyers, 360° tours and 3D scans.

From the very birth of the synthesizer in 1895 to the explosion of nightlife culture, the exhibition narrates the songs and artists that made the history of electronic music and explores their influence on other music genres.

Music, Makers & Machines also engages virtual visitors in an interactive experience that turns their device in an electronic music studio with 3D and augmented reality.

Launch the AR Synth app on your device to create your own beats by playing five iconic synthesizers from the collection of the Swiss Museum for Electronic Music Instruments (SMEM), explore sounds and instruments that shaped the genre, meet the innovators and enter legendary recording studios, all with with a touch of a button : the history of electronica is at your fingertips!

Wherever you are reading this article, Music, Machines & Makers is here!

Electronic music brings people together from all walks of life and from all over the world. Its community has always been one of creativity and shared experiences. And while it may take a while until club doors open again, fans and musicians keep connected through new online forums and formats.

We hope that Music, Makers & Machines will let you explore and appreciate the stories of electronic music and celebrate the creativity of its makers.

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