I am always looking for ways to use my iPad to actually MAKE music not just organize myself and take care of paperwork! That means that when a music making app comes up for sale I am always interested because those are the times to GRAB those apps!
Photophore ($4.99 – on sale for 30% off) is one of those newly released apps (just a few months old) plus it is one of those apps that takes a bit of a different spin on design and sound. Speaking of sound… this is very interesting…. the sound is generated from “flocks” of up to 100 sound generators that produce some great sounds ranging from choirs to angry bee swarms! Now THERE’S a useful sound for your next concert! The sound is mimicking animal behaviors! Listen to this….
The flocks are controlled by “special behavioral algorithm and physics simulation that keeps the oscillators in tune with each other, but allows for a certain amount of natural drifting and detuning. This creates rich timbres that are perfect for crafting massive bass sounds, complex pads and searing leads.
You can interact with the oscillator flocks by controlling their behavioral characteristics – how much they try to flock together, how much they avoid each other, their speed, and how much turbulence is in their environment. Oscillators will flee from your touch, so you can create extreme pitch modulation and more chaotic effects by simply swiping across the screen.”
Now if THAT doesn’t make for some interesting cross curricular planning with the science department I don’t know what else would qualify. Of course THAT isn’t the reason to grab the app – the real reason is to have some fun playing some great sounds!
The developer has already released an important update for the app allowing us to set the incoming MIDI channel and also use the mod wheel on an external synth to control different parameters in the synth. The fact that there has already been on update holds promise that this is a developer who is serious about standing behind his app and continuing to make improvements based on user suggestions – (I LOVE iOS DEVELOPERS – because they listen, now if I could only get my middle schoolers to listen that well….)