What is a music time machine?

It is a new modern interactive encyclopedic museum using virtual reality to give people a possibility to visit the places and times when the music instruments were created and where a person can get completely immersed in their authentic sounds

Project summary

Just imagine: the museum walls suddenly fade away, and you find yourself on a rugged cliff. The waves and wind are roaring around you, and you see an ancient Greek man singing a song with a lyre in his hands!
The next moment you are in the Eastern bazaar among merchants and camels, and just in front of you a blind old man plays a haunting melody on his duduk.
Then, all of a sudden you get into a dark cave where you see your remote ancestor playing an ancient bone-made flute in the red gleam of firelight…
Let yourself dive into this incredible world, and you will want to become part of it!


The person puts on a virtual reality helmet and gets to the museum hall created by means of 3D graphics, where the objects are the music instruments. The visitor approaches any object and starts interacting with it, being able to view the instrument in details, examine its integral parts, read its description, get to know the details of how it works and also to hear the sound.

Apart from it, the visitor can have a special opportunity of being brought to the special situation of a certain epoch and location where a specific instrument was popular, and view the virtual musician playing this instrument

Development process

Here you may learn about the process of development and hear the first museum items.
This part will be updated as the development continues.

Ancient bone flute:
Discovered and reconstructed by Slovenian archeologists, the bone flute, supposedly made of a cave bear thighbone, dates tens of thousands years back.

Armenian duduk:
In 2005 this instrument, the history of which counts no less than a thousand years, has been recognized as a masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
Duduk consists of a cylindrical body and a removable double reed. The sound is produced by vibration of two cane reeds and is regulated by change of air pressure on the latter, and also by opening and closing of the fingerholes.

One of the most ancient struck string instruments. Ability to play it was an essential part of basic education of a free citizen in Ancient Greece and Rome.

About us:

On July 25, 2016 the first version of a museum was presented to wider public. People who attended one of the biggest hi-tech, art and science festivals called the Geek Picnic in Saint Petersburg could see the virtual exposition and learn about the further development plans.
Later on, the guests at the Festival of Knowledge at the Saint Petersburg State University also got a chance to get to know about the project.

About us

We at the Geek Picnic
On July 25 and 26 the Geek Picnic guests could see the first version of our museum. There, the visitors were offered 8 music instruments. Namely, they could see and hear the grand piano, trombone, tube, saxophone, harp, bone flute, lyre and Armenian duduk.
In the first version, the users could hear the same melody played on different instruments. Most instruments were recorded from professional musicians at the Rimsky-Korsakov Music Academy in Saint Petersburg. In order to attain the participation effect, we used binaural sound recording technology.

We at the Knowledge Festival
The visitors of the Knowledge Festival, which took place on October 1 at Saint Petersburg State University, also had a chance to dive into the virtual reality of our museum. Both adults and kids enjoyed the opportunity to use the virtual reality helmet to get familiar with the world of music instruments.

By popular request, the test version of the program will be made available on our web-site shortly.

Project goals:

The project aims at popularization of music and the history of music, fueling interest to playing music instruments and improving the music culture among children of pre-school age, students of primary and secondary public general schools and music schools.

The Music time machine can be in-demand for the music schools during music literature classes, also as part of the special classes on the history of music instruments.
MTM can be a tool for increasing popularity of music education among children of pre-school age, students of primary and secondary general or special schools
Also, the MTM can be used by the museums of music instruments, ethnographic museums and other cultural and educational institutions in Russia and overseas.
MTM can be made available as a popular application for the virtual reality helmets and be used by private persons to fulfill individual needs in education for their kids.

Ideas behind

Currently, the virtual reality becomes more and more essential for the cultural space of various museums.

Virtual tour as a way of creating a digital museum space can fit well for the art museums and also for other exhibitions where visitors are expected to look at the objects rather than listen to them.

In the museums of music instruments the objects are designed to sound. Unfortunately, due to the value of exhibited objects the specific policy which does not let visitors to interact with them is often applied.

Thus, the visitors are supposed to look at the objects, not play on them. We consider this approach rather poor.

Virtual space enables the museum visitors to get access to the most valuable objects, hear their sounds and enjoy different aspects of interaction with the music instruments.

Virtual reality helmets are highly popular and make strong impression on the main target audience of educational institutions (children and teenagers), which in turn contributes to more effective education process.

The cheapest virtual reality helmets cost only several dollars, which makes them available for the majority of schools.

Visual connection of an instrument with a respective epoch, presented in a clear and understandable way, contributes to visual thinking, memorizing and fuels love to music art.

We hope that our project will help the adults and children to discover a wonderful world of music instruments, love and get involved with it.

Get in touch with us

Our team is open to new ideas and opportunities.
. If you have questions and feel like participating or supporting the project, just contact us by the following address: info@timemelody.com.