Multiplayer Piano Debuts at Park City Mall
Something exciting has arrived at the Park City Mall. No, it’s not Santa or the Easter Bunny, but it’s going to make some noise. Literally.
Born out of a partnership between Park City Center (GGP), local non-profit organization Music for Everyone, and technology company MajorMega, the piano will be a unique mix of analog and digital technologies. Not only that, but it will facilitate community interaction, allowing mall-goers young and old to experience the bonding powers of music.
Dubbed the multiplayer piano and named “Quaver” after the British musical term for an eighth-note, it will act similar to a videogame. Four people can play at a time, and when each “player” has finished their respective turn, they will be able to download the collective creation to their phone and share it to social media.
The idea for the piano first began in the MajorMega offices. The company, founded in January 2013 by friends Sean Hennessey and Mike Bridgman, specializes in creating apps, games, and other “interactive wizardry”, according to their website.
“We started having this huge passion for arcade machines, and we were obsessing over them, looking for them all over Craigslist. As this was happening, we toyed around with the idea of doing a piano piece, and we merged those two [ideas] together, so we were like, ‘What if we did some arcade-theme multiplayer piano?’” says Hennessey “We thought it would work well with the whole vision for Keys for the City where they’re trying to facilitate community [interaction] and have people rub elbows with those they usually wouldn’t interact with”
After contacting Music for Everyone about their vision, and with a little networking power, the two were able to make their whiteboard idea a reality.
However, all of MajorMega’s success did not happen overnight.
Both self-taught graphic designers and computer programmers, Hennessey and Bridgman are the epitome of what hard work, drive, and risk-taking can lead to.
Hennessey initially found work as a graphic designer at an advertising company in Elizabethtown. Bridgman spent many years in Chicago doing computer work, and eventually returned to Lancaster and applied to work at the same advertising company as Hennessey.
The two hit it off immediately, realized they wanted to start their own company, and MajorMega was born.
After doing some freelance work, the company was able to move to its current office on North Christian Street and begin bringing their own ideas to life.
And it’s not ‘all work and no play’ at MajorMega. The mood in the office is lively, with arcade machines, skateboards, and Nerf guns decorating the office. Along with that, the company opens up their offices every First Friday to host a videogame night.
This playful attitude is reflected in the colorful piano’s design, which features flying eighth-notes that resemble alien dinosaurs in classic arcade 8-bit style.
The piano is both viewable and interactive art, allowing the user to become the artist rather than the spectator. Not only that, but it allows for complete strangers to make music together in a space where people keep to themselves and do not connect. It may not be Santa Claus coming to Park City, but Quaver is sure to steal hearts and make memories.
Catch the Quaver multiplayer piano in action from August 5th until January 31st.
For more information about Music for Everyone, visit www.musicforeveryone.net, or follow them on Twitter (@mfelancaster), Instagram (@mfelancaster), or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MFELancaster).
For more information about MajorMega, visit www.majormega.com or follow them on Twitter (@WeAreMajorMega), Instagram (@wearemajormega), or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MajorMega)