FastCompany’s online design magazine features OscilloScoop today in a great article by John Pavlus.
Archive for May, 2011
OscilloScoop was listed by Apple in the Top Overall New and Noteworthy Apps this week in over 100 countries, and has climbed to the Top Ten Music Apps for iPhone and iPad.
“‘OscilloScoop’ is a culmination of about 15 years’ effort trying to create musical creation tools that are more like a video game.”
“The Scott Snibbe Studio is an artistically audiovisual firm, proving its mettle with apps like Gravilux and the beautifully austere Bubble Harp. OscilloScoop continues in that same tradition, bringing music creation to the forefront with stylistic graphics and easy, interesting, intuitive controls.”
“A fun app for creating a diverse range of hip-hop, techno and electronica tracks.”
–Enoda: OscilloScoop: Digital Beatbox
“OscilloScoop succeeds in making music visual. The developers themselves compare the experience of playing with this app to clay spinning on a wheel, molding music into the continuous tone melody, and I couldn’t agree more.”
–PadGadget: OscilloScoop Turns Music into a Game
“The inspiration for OscilloScoop is a mash-up of video games, DJs, and electronic music. We wanted to create a way to author music that gives an ordinary person the creative rush of making real electronic music, without the complexity of learning music software or music theory. We were inspired by Super Mario and DJ culture, to create a real-time experience that’s a new kind of musical instrument.”
–The Bay Citizen Culture Feed: App Artist’s Latest Release: OscilloScoop
“Even if you do not have a musical bone in your body, OscilloScoop can help you to become a DJ”
–Product-Reviews.net: OscilloScoop 1.0: Become your own DJ with an iPhone app
Today OscilloScoop is released in the iTunes App store as a universal app for iOS devices. With OscilloScoop you make musical grooves by simply gliding your fingertips over spinning crowns; then sequence them into a real-time performance with a few taps. As effortless as a toy, OscilloScoop gives you the same tools pro DJs and electronic musicians use to create intricate grooves—but with an intuitive interface inspired by video games and animation.
OscilloScoop is designed by Lukas Girling, a creator of interactive musical interfaces who has worked with world-renowned musicians and music technologists including Laurie Anderson and Max Mathews. The app was created in collaboration with interactive artist and programmer Scott Snibbe, author of the bestselling apps Bubble Harp and Gravilux; and Graham McDermott, noted video game and app developer.
You can read a longer blog posting about Snibbe’s history with interactive music, including influences from John Cage and Brian Eno. Screen shots and press release can be found below.