Transforming a 250 year-old antique loom, acquired from the Jacquard Museum of France, into an audio and visual instrument, Musical Loom responds to the context of northern France, where the loom has played a very significant role in the region’s economic development and witnessed its great recession in the last century. The loom’s mechanical motion, sounds, and the flow of threads do not only remind one of the industrial past, but also evoke collective emotions ranging from hope to distress. It is in a way comparable to Japanese haikus, whose brevity inspires a magnificent array of images. With hand movements similar to weaving, participants can activate light beams of the threads and weave sounds and images. This is technically made possible with an IR camera, IR and ultrasonic distance sensors, used for tracking participants’ hand movements. One can play the loom like a harp, control a 4-tone harmony and vary its volume, generating mechanical sounds or malleable musical expressions with different qualities of interaction.