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Very Cool iPhone App: Ocarina

This is really a first for us here at G Style Magazine, as we really haven’t talked about iPhone apps or gaming, but this was just great and very innovative. This is Ocarina by Smule. The Ocarina is a networked musical instrument that allows you to listen to songs being played around the world in real time. You play the instrusment by blowing into your iPhone’s microphone and then pressing keys on the screen.

Smule says that the microphone can detect subtle variations in air flow, explaining that “unlike other iPhone audio apps, the sound is not pre-compiled but is generated by the notes, gestures and nuance of the individual performer”. The app costs only $.99 and can get picked up here. If you don’t feel like playing , well you can listen in on the songs being played on any iPhone worldwide. After selecting the ‘globe’ view, the app presents you with a 3D world littered with a number of little dots presumably representing every active Ocarina. The app will automatically start playing one of these, highlighted by a series of green blobs rising from Earth, each of which corresponds to a note. If you don’t like what you’re listening to, you can hit the ‘next’ button to start playing a new song (you’ll probably be using this button often, as many of the people playing are awful). Check out the demo below. For more information, check out their site at www.smule.com

Jason Andersonhttp://about.me/jasonlanderson
Jason Anderson is the Publisher & Editor At Large of G Style Magazine. A known gadget head and lover of all things digital. Some of his favorite movies include Hackers, The Net, The Matrix (1, 2, & 3), and Transformers.....see a trend here lol.


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