Is it possible to create classical music with a gamer’s unique skills? That’s what Swedish gaming and tech retailer Webhallen set out to explore together with us, in the experiment “Webhallen Orchestra”. In the world’s first classical music piece, created to be performed by gamers, we created a computer game where every action that each individual player made, created a tone or sequence in a melody. The piece was performed at the Oscar Theatre in Stockholm, where the participating gamers formed an orchestra under the direction of the composer behind the piece, Max Kiusalaas.
The piece was performed on PlayStation 5, Xbox X, PC, laptops, RetroFlag NESPi 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game is built on Unreal Engine. Each platform equaled an instrument group and each action a tone in the music piece.