The Music Table is an experimental composing system that provides a tactile and visual representation of music that can be easily manipulated to make new musical patterns. It lets people experience their own music as patterns in musical space. Patterns of cards are arranged on a tabletop to become musical phrases. Completed phrases are stored on other cards and combined as multi-layered patterns. Animated characters provide fun visual feedback as you edit and arrange phrases, making abstract musical structures visible and tangible.