Instrument preparation. Altering sounds of the instruments by placing objects on it.

Preparing the instrument is one of the techniques of experimental music. Most notable example would be a prepared piano. You can learn more about prepared piano on Wikipedia. One of the pioneers of instrument preparation techniques was famous John Cage. It's a type of Extended technique.

As a mechanic of music games instrument preparation is used for its approachability and playfulness, for example in Game over (game) it is used as an Upgrade.

Not to be confused with "Preparation" that is used as a title for the first (optional) chapter of music game rules.

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