Did you ever see that Wintergatan video of a man operating an interesting contraption made of wood and marbles that makes music? It’s really impressive and probably inspired a lot of people to start creating their own unique instruments. But that looks like a lot of hard work and planning, and who’s got time for that, right? Not to fear though. Because now you can still create your own unique musical instruments without all the fuss, time, and money through MuX – a “revolutionary music sandbox for VR” as the developer, Decochon calls it.
So there’s absolutely no excuse anymore not to start composing and performing your own exotic sounds on musical instruments that you created. MuX is now available in open beta for HTC Vive on Steam Early Access at a $19.99 price tag. Just be aware that the simulation only supports room-scale at the moment and recommends a minimum play area of 2m x 1.5m. Though the developers have stated that they are working to solve the issue of players who find tools situated outside of their playable area.
Check out the trailer below:
The simple visual style in MuX with its flat geometric shapes and muted colors belie the sheer complexity of the musical machines that users can create with the tools and components available.
MuX has a building block based structure with components that you can use to create your own musical machines. The available tools in the title are customizable which should give a lot of freedom for expression. According to the developers, MuX will be enjoyed by those who are trained in music and amateurs alike. Because upon entering the ‘world’ of MuX (an underground lab in a cave) you’ll find yourself surrounded by strange objects to experiment with. These objects can be connected to speakers to produce a sound, each other, and become part of larger structures which will produce more complex sounds. The game even has a physics-based system that lets you create a marble machine just like the one in the Wintergatan video.
“You have access to the lowest level of components in audio synthesis, making it possible for those more versed in programming and audio synthesis to create their own filters and effects from scratch and have them function like any other component in the game,” Decochon said.
So if you’re really into creating your own unique sounds or just want to play around with a new musical concept then check MuX out. As the developers say on the title’s Steam page, “While developing and testing MuX, we found people using it in ways we hadn’t expected. They also made music and sound that surprised us, things we couldn’t have made ourselves. As we continue to develop and expand MuX, we find Early Access an opportunity to become informed and inspired by what others might create.” Better get your creative gears in order for this one.
If this looks a little complicated to you but you really want to create music then you can also take a look at the newly announced electro music visualizer from Survios, called Electronauts.