Most of us have become very familiar with QR codes over the last year or so and now YouTube is using them in a very interesting way. The YouTube channel titled Symphony Orchestra 2011 has created an interactive musical experience using augmented reality.
It works using the desktop’s cam and a quick response code to alter and activate notes by moving the code around within the camera’s eye.
When it recognizes the marker/code, the interactive video will display your camera’s live image and will display a stream of rainbows demonstrating the flow between your code to the notes. That may sound really strange but you can see it happening in the image below.
There are a few ways to create a composition: by printing the picture of the code (and holding up the piece of paper) or by snapping a picture of it using your mobile device and holding up your device in front of the cam. While creating, users can change instruments, tempos, pitch and in case you actually make something really cool, they’ve included an option to record and share.
This augmented reality experiment created by Tellart isn’t the only thing going on at the YouTube Symphony channel, musicians have a chance to audition for the Sydney Opera House performance in March 2011 by submitting videos of their playing skills. Audition clips must be submitted by Nov 28th 2010. And, sorry geeks this requires you to use a real instrument, not your Android. This will be the second year in a row that Google (YouTube) has run this global competition.