Play the blues with B.B. King

B.B. King Museum
B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center Music Stations

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B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center

B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center Music Stations

Musical mashups, an interactive guitar studio, and DJ station

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At the B.B. King Museum, content comes to life in a stream of graphics, image, film and sound that flows like the lambent passage of the Mississippi River, demonstrating the close call-and-response kinship between deliverance and “the devil’s music”. Unified Field situates the blues in today’s mash up culture by enabling visitors to be a DJ and create their own unique blend of sounds, dropping guitar riffs and blues phrasing into modern beats.

 

In another hands-on experience, we engineered a specially designed Gibson guitar with a virtual visit with B.B. himself.  Unified Field modified the Gibson guitars with capacitive touch sensors and embedded LED (light emitting diode) systems in their fretboards, so as the visitor plays guitar, they get immediate feedback, and the results are displayed as notes and riffs on the facing monitor.  As they play visitors are coached and encouraged by B.B. King on the fundamentals of playing the blues.

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Learn to play the Blues with B.B. King

Visitors step into the studio, learn a bit about the 8 bar blues, and begin to effortlessly play the special guitar. Visitors of different ages, skills and talent get a virtual, step-by-step, guitar lesson from B. B. King.

You’re the DJ

A favorite among younger visitors, they create the best riffs, combining their favorite hip hop artists with legendary blues musicians to reveal their own brand of musical genius.