The Buddha Machine is a palm-sized plastic box that plays ambient music loops composed by Beijing-based duo FM3. The iPhone application is a “virtual Buddha Machine” replicating the no-nonsense simplicity of the original. The app was developed together with Jason Forrest (see Star6 on CAN) and Agile Partners.
Featuring hypnotic, ethereal music designed to create a calming presence in today’s fast paced world, the machine’s colorful charm provides an experience that is hard to define.
Touch the FM3 logo on the Buddha box to flip the screen. Then toggle between the “classic” original Buddha Machine or enjoy the new loops from Buddha version 2.0.
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Developer: FM3 Productions Ltd
- Flourish [iPhone, Sound] Flourish is a musical toy and composition tool for the iPhone. The helvetica bold and beautiful interface allows you to quickly build diverse and complex arrangements. Organised around clusters of objects, each elements has it's own loop and is triggered by it's arrangment and proximity to other elements. The app includes example compositions to have a play with and although slightly tricky to understand at first you will quickly find yourself creating very interesting sound as well as graphic compositions. Features: - Record loops with expressive multi-touch keyboards. - Generate percussive and melodic sequences. - Build arrangements by ear or by eye. - Select from a consonant collection of instruments. - Sequence loops by connecting them in chains. Click here for more images of Flourish on Picasa. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $2.99 Developer: Explore and Create […]
- Nanoloop [iPhone, Sound] Originally developed for Game Boy, Nanoloop music sequencer, synthesizer and sampler by Oliver Wittchow is now available for the iPhone/iPod Touch. First released in 1999, Nanoloop for the gameboy has attracted a great following and even though the gameboy may be out of date today the device is still used to compose and manipulate loops thanks to Oliver's nanoloop app (see video below). The latest Version 2.3 will also work on Game Boy Advance (including GBA, GBA SP, GB micro, DS, DS lite). The new iPhone version follows the same basic structure and design concept of the original Game Boy version but has been fully optimised for the iPhone. Nanoloop for iPhone combines sequencer, synthesizer and sampler in one package. Features include: - Clear, minimalistic graphical interface - Pattern-based stepsequencer - 6 channels, each can be synth or sampler - Song editor with loop function - Synthesizer with envelope, filter, lfo and other parameters - Save function - Send and receive projects via e-mail, using the iPhone's e-mail program The simple but powerful synthesizer allows to create a great bandwidth of sounds, including beats, noises, basses and pads. Samples can be recorded via microphone (iPhone only), headset microphone (iPhone, iPod touch 2nd gen only) and from nanoloop's own sound output. With nanoloop, you can send your saved projects via e-mail. If nanoloop is installed on the recipient's iPhone / iPod, she/he can simply tap on the file name to start nanoloop and import the attached file. This way, multiple users can work on the same project by simply e-mailing the file back and forth. I have only had few minutes to play this morning and I am very impressed. The UI is consistent, clean and overall feel of the app is fantastic. Nothing is there that shouldn't be there, just a pure focus on the task at hand, making music. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $8.99 Developer: Oliver Wittchow UPDATE 22.02.2010: Oliver was very kind to send us 5 promocodes to share with our readers. If you would like one, please leave a comment below and we'll random pick 5 lucky winners later today. 10 of 12 tutorials on how to use Nanoloop on gameboy. See them all […]
- ProLoop [iPhone, Sound] ProLoop is an audio loop playing and sound experimentation app from Trapcode. It features a pretty cool looking interface that shows the waveform of each loop as it plays. It can play up to 6 loops and you can mix and pan each independantly. Where ProLoop shines is it's ability to mangle your loops by repitching them or performing various modulations on them (using other loops as a modulation source). You can also pitch shift loops by musical amounts, and you have control over quantization. It comes bundled with an assortment of strange loops and offers the ability to load your own loops. Other looping apps, such as Looptastic also let you play and mix loops (with an easier interface), but ProLoop should appeal to experimental, ambient, and noise oriented folks who like to play with sounds live. Peder of Trapcode sent us 5 promocodes to giveaway. If you would like one, please leave a comment below and we'll random pick 5 people tomorrow. About Trapcode: Trapcode makes software for visual effects and motion graphics. Started in 2001 by Peder Norrby the focus is on creating groundbreaking, robust technology that is easy to start using for beginners and has many complex features for advanced users. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $4.99 Developer: Trapcode See also Slice [iPhone, Sound] by The Strange […]
- Sampletoy [iPhone, Sound] From the author of Thump comes his latest app Sampletoy. As it's name would imply, Sampletoy is about having fun with sound. At it's core, Sampletoy is a simple sampler. It lets you record audio using the iPhone microphone and play it back at different pitches. You can set the loop points for the recording and play multiple copies of it at the same time using the multitouch note area. You have control over the pitch range, filter and delay effects and looping parameters. The interface is easy to use and the important parameters are up front at your fingertips. Settings can be saved and you can email yourself recordings of your 'performances'. Sampletoy was created using OpenFrameworks, which is a simple C++ Framework for doing low-level graphics and sound on a variety of platforms. OpenFrameworks is emerging as a viable alternative to ObjectiveC for iPhone development. It's well suited to games, music apps and anything else that requires high performance and doesn't require the standard UIKit components. Overall, Sampletoy it is a nice little instrument with a lot of potential creative uses. Check it out. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0.0 Cost: $1.99 Developer: Marek […]
- Kontrol [iPhone, Sound] Kontrol is an experimental music toy by Johan Halin, a minimal techno composition where you control both the visuals and musical structure. The application was developed by Ab Parasol Oy. To make things happen, slowly push the blue buttons. I always thought of AppStore as a great platform to publish music. This is a great example of how music on a digital device should sound/play. See also Re<ords. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $0.99 Developer: Ab Parasol Oy (via […]
- Star6 [iPhone, Sound] Star6 is a DJ or perfomance oriented music app that allows you to play loops and control several different effects on said loops. It's very much geared towards glitchy music since the included effects allow you to slice, chop, stutter, gate, pitch shift, filter, and otherwise destroy your samples. This app gets big points for design - the interface is clean yet stylish, the controls are appropriately sized, and all the important stuff is on one page - which is ideal for live performance. It's also probably the first app I've seen that uses triangular buttons to good effect. Turns out you can fit two of them comfortably in the space that one square button normally would fit. Fancy that! Other great design choices include using the accelerometer 'tilt' to edit parameter values (as opposed to sliders or knobs). This works out pretty well for performing. The app includes several banks worth of loops - each setup can hold up to 6 loops. The included loops are recognizable, but quirky and go well with the apps features and overall personality. Thankfully you can also load your own own sounds through your web browser, which opens up lots of possibilities for Star6. Overall, I recommend this app. It includes a lot of the things I love about the Kaoss Pad and presents it nice easy to use interface. Check it out! Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $6.99 Developer:Â Agile […]
- Euphonics [iPhone, Sound] Euphonics is a relaxing musical toy in the style of Bloom. Like Bloom it features a large space for tapping out piano notes. Multitouch is supported (yay!). By default, notes are locked to a specific scale, so no matter what you play it sounds good. You can also turn this feature off, to play chromatic pitches.Â It also features a row of pads for switching the current musical key. In addition to piano sounds, Euphonics will play backing pads in the current key and and some synthy arpeggios. You have limited control over those (basically just volume level and the ability to toggle steps in the arpeggio).Â Some additional sounds, scales or arpeggios would really go a long way to expanding the sound making possibilities. Overall, Euphonics is like having a relaxing ambient tune that you can easily control and always sounds good. The overall effect is very meditative and I could see people getting lost in it for an hour or two. Even though it is a little limited, I like to think of this not just as a music making app, but as a new form of song distribution. Apps like this and BT / Sonik Architects' Sonifi raise the interesting possibility that in the future songs might not be a static thing that you buy and store on physical storage medium. It might be something that changes over time or is interactive or maybe even different every time you listen to it. It changes the definition of what a song really is. What are your thoughts on this topic? Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0.6 Cost: $0.99 Developer: Frozen […]
- Physical Sequencer aka Thump [oF, Sound, iPhone] As a part of Yamaha/RCA's "Making Fun Serious" exhibition at Chappell of Bond Street (a big old music shop),Â Marek Bereza created this sound sequencer installation which is controlled by reactive nodes spread across a two dimensional mesh. There were 8 steps in the sequence and 7 different sounds. Each cell has a depth sensor with which you can turn the cell on or off. The cells each have a light indicating whether they're active or not and a light indicating the which part of the sequence you're on. The concept belongs to Giuseppe Guerriero and the electronics hardware was done by Stefan Dzisiewski-Smith. The application used for the installation derived from Marek's iPhone application called Thump which has been available in the AppStore for few weeks now. Because Thump was built in openFrameworks, with extra audio IO functionality for iPhone itÂ runs on iPhone, Mac and Windows, Marek built it to be portable, ie be used in different instances and is almost exactly the same code used for the Yamaha/RCA installation as for the iPhone. Simultaneously, as a part of London Digital Week, Marek was also involved during Tent exhibition where created MultiThump, an app for a multitouch table. It ran on a Gesturetek multitouch table. Basically it was the Thump iPhone app, with the synthesis ripped out and replaced by MIDI (which fed a Max patch for sounds). Up to 3 people could use it as there were 3 separate piano rolls (the grid things), controlling drums, bass and synth. On the table there were 2D sliders to control effect parameters. As you approach the table, there's an array of depth sensors wired into an arduino to detect your presence and respond by bringing up a piano roll. This was done freelance for a company called Seeper. Thump for the iPhone is 16 step sequencer application and a pocket groove box. Completely built in openFrameworks it allows you to ceate huge basslines or warped synth sounds with the two polyphonic synthesizers onboard. Modeled on the classics, these synths offer a wide palette of sounds with its subtractive synthesis engine. Choose from 9 studio-quality different drumkits, create your own or share and download more. The sample-accurate sequencing engine ensures your beats are as tight as much as possible. The app also allows you to upload your songs to thump's website so you can share them with your friends. Because it's built using openFrameworks is also runs on a Mac or Windows and you can download the free version of Thump here. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $3.99 Developer: Marek […]
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