Happy Notes: Tangible Music Exploration
Happy Notes is a museum installation designed to encourage a tangible exploration of music by bridging the space between the play of music discovery and the structure of music theory and composition.
Yuebo Wang, Susan Coleman Morse, Thalith Nasir
Design Approach and Process
We began with a series of museum visits and disability simulations that helped us identify key insights that informed our design.
Our design involves visitors being able to compose music by throwing 'notes' onto a staff. It brings back the freedom of making music when we are children, with more physicality.
We conducted two rounds of experience testing, incorporating multiple users in our final test. Post-interviews and product reaction cards helped identify some of the key issues with our prototype.
video presentation, reflections
Observations, secondary research, bodystorming, brainstorming, paper prototyping, Wizard of Oz, experience testing, product reaction cards
Felt, spray paint, paper balls