RadarTable is an interactive social music installation that can be set up in public spaces on an interactive table with sound. The participants have two types of physical blocks at their disposal: cubes and flat cylinders. When a cube is placed on the table, a music loop is played that is linked to the tag (graphical pattern) which the user places face down on the table. The musical content is created so that all the music loops which can be played simultaneously match each other and that generate a consistent musical output. The flat cylinders represent sound effects which affect the music loops in their vicinity.
The design of the installation encourages several people to take part at the same time. RadarTable brings people together and motivates them to learn simple functions by watching each other’s activities. The result is a surprisingly varied and cohesive musical production. The users feel that they are playing instruments, but they don’t need any particular qualifications or skills to take part.