Atomhawk have been working with interactive technology partner,Mbryonic, to create Play Sage Gateshead, an interactive 3D Model of the Sage Gateshead which can be played like a musical instrument.

In this new app, iconic UK concert hall, Sage Gateshead, becomes a playable 3D instrument, allowing users to enter a digitized version of the building and bash walls and beat floors to create percussive music.

Using old floor-plans, photos and sound recordings we worked with Mbryonic to recreate The Sage building in 3D and build an application for tablet and the web. Play Sage Gateshead allows you to explore a beautiful stylised version of the building, visiting the locations where the musicians play. You can hear the sounds the building makes and construct your own music tracks.

The app's percussion triggers are extracts and samples from “Ten Pulse," a piece performed at Sage Gateshead's 10th anniversary in December 2014, in which musicians banged on the venue to create music. When users hit a virtual mallet, or perform a drum roll or scrape, they channel the “Ten Pulse" performance.

While principally envisioned for the Oculus Rift, Play Sage Gateshead can be played on an iPad, iPhone, or in a browser equipped with the Unity Web Player.

The project was commissioned and supported by digital arts organisation, The Space.

Ruth Mackenzie, launch CEO of The Space, says

"I can't think of a better way to celebrate the Sage Gateshead's 10th birthday than to transform the building into a virtual musical instrument that audiences can play from anywhere in the world."

You can check out Play Sage Gateshead for yourself at