Eloise W. Martin Center (ECHO)
How do you make classical music more accessible?
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra wanted to create a public space where children, families and the general public could develop an appreciation for classical music through fun, hands-on exploration.
ESI designed an interactive experience that welcomed all visitors, regardless of their musical background. In the A-Musing Room, musical concepts were compared to everyday experiences. For example, in Sounds and Silence, visitors isolated a single sound from an urban soundscape; and then did the same with an instrument in a symphony. Throughout the experience, visitors used a digital “Instrument Box” to engage with the interactives and create their own piece of music as a record of what they had learned. At the Orchestra Wall, these individual compositions were blended into a collaborative composition.
ECHO changed the concept of “music appreciation” from a passive experience to an active one.