Metric debuted their Synthetica App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch today: an interactive song experience of Synthetica and Synthetica Reflections that allows the Metric fans to remix, filter and sequence songs, making them their own.

The app was designed and developed by Snibbe Studio, the San Francisco-based studio known for its creative audio-visual interactive app experiences with Björk and Philip Glass.

In the app, animated features of surrealist landscapes produce an infinity of musical sequences. When fans touch these landscapes, they change instrument, timbre, tempo, and sequence to produce original Metric-inspired musical creations. The free Synthetica App includes the “Lost Kitten” song experience. Additional song experiences are $0.99 each, or $7.99 for the complete bundle of eleven. The Synthetica App is available for free exclusively from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at AppStore.com.

The design of the app was inspired by the surrealistic work of Superstudio, a late-1960s Italian architecture collective spearheaded by Cristiano Toraldo and Adolfo Natalini whose conceptual architecture promoted the harmony of people, nature and technology. Metric was heavily inspired by Superstudio’s imagery during the writing of the Synthetica album. Snibbe Studio sought to bring the Superstudio to life and create a direct, intuitive and engaging interface to remixing music that breaks down the typical barriers of software aimed solely at audio professionals.

This is a busy week for Metric; in addition to the app launch, they launched a new music video that was premiered by Rolling Stone, the launch of the Synthetica Reflections album on iTunes, and a performance at Madison Square Garden, NY, on Wednesday 11/13/13, and on The Late Show With David Letterman on Thursday 11/14/13.

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SNIBBE STUDIO RELEASES TWO AWARD-WINNING APPS FOR THE NEW LEAP MOTION PLATFORM: GRAVILUX AND OSCILLOSCOOP

San Francisco, July 22, 2013

Two award-winning iOS music apps from Snibbe Studio are now available in Leap Motion™’s new app discovery platform, the Airspace™ Store. Leap Motion’s groundbreaking new device allows people to interact with their computer screens simply by waving their hands in the air.

Gravilux for Leap Motion adapts the best-selling iOS musical star field app to a purely natural movement experience: when you point fingers at the screen they all pull on the stars, when you punch with your fist, antigravity repels. Scott Snibbe, the company’s founder, says, “With Gravilux for Leap Motion, you literally have the universe at your fingertips.”

OscilloScoop for Leap Motion allows you to make musical groves by sculpting spinning crowns with your hands. Created by DJ and designer Lukas Girling, the app mashes up turntables, video games, and electronic music into a real-time audiovisual performance. With fingers pointed directly at the screen, people sculpt spinning ‘crowns’—one for tone and one for a digital audio filter. People can also open up their hands and their fingertips directly draw waveforms for the sounds to follow.

“We are thrilled to be among the first developers releasing apps for Leap Motion, and I believe strongly that in the future gesture may dominate human-computer interaction – it’s what people are calling ‘Natural User Interface’ because we’re now communicating with the computer the same way that we communicate with other human beings,” said Scott Snibbe, the studio’s founder and CEO.

Video of Gravilux for Leap Motion: http://smarturl.it/graviluxleap
Video of OscilloScoop for Leap Motion: http://smarturl.it/oscilloscoopleap
Leap Motion Airspace Store: http://airspace.leapmotion.com

For more information, please contact the apps’ producer:
Ahna Girshick at Snibbe Studio, +1 415 822 1442, ahna@snibbestudio.com

Gravilux photos:

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BJÖRK COLLABORATES WITH APPORTABLE, BIOPHILIA APPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID

In order to bring her Biophilia educational apps to a wider audience of students, educators and fans, Björk has collaborated with San Francisco-based Apportable to make the apps available for Android tablets and phones. Also available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the 10 Biophilia apps each correlate to a song on Björk’s multimedia album of the same name and serve as the cornerstone of the Biophilia Educational Program, which incorporates the apps in a series of interactive workshops to bring science and music instruction to students around the world. The apps will now be available as one combined download for Android tablets and phones for $12.99.

Download Biophilia in Google Play
Download Biophilia in Amazon Marketplace 

“The Biophilia Educational Program is a new way to teach children about science and music,” says Björk. “It has met with success in many cities, sparking interest from kids and educators from all over the world, from South America to East Asia to Africa. The most interest has come from students from low-income households and schools with underfunded art budgets, and the only way to bring the project to those people is to have Biophilia reprogrammed for Android and Windows 8.”

Apportable’s technology quickly transfers programs from Apple to Android platforms without extensive changes to the code. The company was founded in 2011 through the Y Combinator startup accelerator program and has since powered apps that have risen to the top of the charts and reached millions of users through the Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore, and the Humble Android Bundle. “We are honored that Björk has chosen Apportable’s technology to power Biophilia’s much-anticipated arrival on Android,” says Apportable’s CEO Collin Jackson. “Just as it broke new ground for interactive music apps with its original iOS release, Biophilia is breaking the boundaries of cross-platform mobile development as the first-ever Objective-C music app on Android.”

The apps are a central part of the Biophilia Educational Program, which began as a series of workshops Björk developed as part of her residency in Iceland. Björk collaborated with the University of Iceland and the City of Reykjavík to create interactive programming instructing students in the themes and natural phenomena that inspired her Biophilia album. She then brought the Biophilia Educational Program to New York middle school students during her residency at the New York Hall of Science in 2012, and also teamed up with the New York Public Library and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to develop educational programming that ran in the city throughout last year. “It’s taught me that any sound can make music, and how much science and music is related,” described one student.

After traveling to Paris, Oslo, Buenos Aires, New York, Reykjavik, and Manchester, the workshops were held in Los Angeles and San Francisco this past month as part of Björk’s North American Biophilia tour. Reykjavik City’s Board of Education is currently running a mobile version of the Biophilia Educational Program in all of the city’s middle schools for the next three years.

For more information, please contact Carla Sacks or Krista Williams at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000 or carla@sacksco.com or krista@sacksco.com.

 

We are excited to announce that Snibbe Studio has closed a $100K angel investor seed round of funding. Since our founding in 2011, we’ve been self-funded by revenues from our original and partner apps like Gravilux, Björk: Biophilia, and Philip Glass: REWORK. Yet, we’ve been dreaming for some time of ways to produce a broader app platform and format for visual and interactive music on a much larger scale than these hand-crafted gems.

Now that work has begun! We can’t  say much yet about this brand new platform for visual and interactive music, however, thanks to our angel investor Matthew Papakipos, Engineering Director at Facebook, we now have a small team of engineers and designers working on this first phase. Stay tuned for more about follow-on investments and the release of the product.

“Thanks to some obvious training wheels, it’s addictive to play with, and a pulsating visual delight to boot. Within about five seconds, you’ll be convinced you’re the next Philip Glass. “

—Fast Company Design: A Magical App For Exploring A Philip Glass Remix By Beck by Mark Wilson

“To accompany each track on the album, interactive design wunderkind Scott Snibbe, the man behind Björk’s Biophilia app album, created an iOS app that contains interactive visualizations for every track on REWORK_.”

—Creators Project: Exploring Scott Snibbe’s New App Album For Philip Glass’ _REWORK, Featuring Beck, Amon Tobin, Nosaj Thing, And More by Abdullah Saeed

“One has to admire the taut professionalism of a thing like this.”

—Wired.com, Rework (Philip Glass Remixed) app by Snibbe Studio by Bruce Sterling

 

We are enormously proud to announce REWORK_ (Philip Glass Remixed). This App Album takes the incredible remix album made in collaboration with Beck that was released last month, and gives it a feature-length interactive visual treatment.

REWORK_ features eleven “music visualizers” that take the remixed tracks and create interactive visuals that range from futuristic three-dimensional landscapes to shattered multicolored crystals, and vibrating sound waves. People can lean back and enjoy REWORK_ end to end, or they can touch and interact with the visualizers to create their own visual remixes.

In addition to the visualizers, the app includes the “Glass Machine” which lets people create music inspired by Philip Glass’ early work by simply sliding two discs around side-by-side, almost like turntables. People can select different instruments – from synthesizer to piano, and generate polyrhythmic counterpoints between the two melodies.

The REWORK_ app features interactive audiovisual mixes by critically acclaimed musicians and remix artists including Beck, Tyondai Braxton, Amon Tobin, Cornelius, Dan Deacon, Johann Johannsson, Nosaj Thing, Memory Tapes, Silver Alert, My Great Ghost, and Peter Broderick.

The app was directed by Scott Snibbe, produced by Ahna Girshick, and engineered by Graham McDermott, with music visualizer programming and design by software artist David Wicks. Lukas Girling designed the Glass Machine and Amon Tobin sequence. Many others helped to make this project come alive, including Philip Glass’ assistant Trevor Gureckis (My Great Ghost) who created miles of MIDI tracks and patiently explained Glass’ idioms at an 8th-grade level. See all the app credits below.

REWORK_ is available exclusively in the iTunes App Store, and is a universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

BUY NOW IN ITUNES APP STORE: http://smarturl.it/rework

VIDEO: http://smarturl.it/reworkvideo

PRESS RELEASE: Philip-Glass-Snibbe-Press-Release-121312

COMPLETE PRESS KIT INCLUDING HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES

SCREENSHOTS AND ICON:

FULL APP CREDITS

Director Scott Snibbe

Producer Ahna Girshick

Executive Producer Hugo Vereker

Software Engineer Graham McDermott

Software Artist David Wicks

Interface Designer Pirate Vereker

Glass Machine Designer Lukas Girling

Visualizer choreography and design Rebecca Fenton, Lukas Girling, Ahna Girshick, Pete Hawkes, Sean Monroe, Graham Plumb, David Wicks

MIDI Sequencers Trevor Gureckis, Alex Weston, Fritz Myers

App Audio Engineers Lukas Girling and Noah Bennett Cunningham

Special thanks to Trevor Gureckis

© 2012 Scott Snibbe Studio

 

The “Passion Pit: Gossamer” App is is a new interactive music app for iPad and iPhone released in conjunction with their new album Gossamer. We started with a project at the Webby Awards a couple months ago, doing a video backdrop to their new single “Take a Walk.”

Then we expanded the collaboration to an app “EP” featuring two songs, including a new track: “Carried Away.” Each song can be experienced in two modes – one is an interactive music video, where the sequencing of graphics, animation, and photographs by Mark Borthwick are different every time. And if you touch the screen you make your own unique music video.

The second mode for each song is a “remixer” in which people can create their own music with Passion Pit’s raw material. For “Take a Walk” people can create new melodies on top of a backing track, by creating a kind of harp-string spider web. In the remixer for “Carried Away” all the parts of the song can be turned on and off via touch tiles. Some loop, while others are synth notes. If you’re skilled enough you can actually play the song through, and I’m looking forward to seeing if anyone pulls it off and posts to YouTube.

The imagery for the app is all based on a bubble-like diagram that’s technically called a “Voronoi Diagram.” Snibbe learned about this pattern in college and it always fascinated him because it relates to everything from the structure of cells to the gravitational influence of stars. We chose it for this app because the first song, “Take a Walk” is about the financial bubble, and the hangover healing process coming out of it, so we thought this fragmented bubble imagery fit both metaphorically and psychologically.

High-resolution images can be found below.

For interviews and further information contact press@snibbestudio.com or +1 415 822 1442.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbDpGssHdyw
App store link: http://snibbestudio.com/pp
App at Snibbe Studio web page: http://www.snibbestudio.com/apps/passionpit
Stills and app store information: http://snibbestudio.com/passionpit/Passion-Pit-1-0-materials.zip
Snibbe’s backdrop Passion Pit video at the Webby Awards: http://watch.webbyawards.com/webbyawards/index.jsp?content_id=21634821

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Scott Snibbe was featured in a half-hour program on CNN’s The Next List, which profiles forward-looking thinkers in the fields of technology, science and social change.

Host Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and producer Tracy Dorsey brought her crew to Snibbe’s studio in San Francisco for a three-day shoot that resulted in an intimate and extensive portrait to discuss, among other projects, recent work with James Cameron’s interactive “Avatar” exhibition at the EMP Museum, Bjork’s breakthrough Biophilia App, and the future of interactivity.

Snibbe also wrote a blog posting for CNN you can read on their site: “Apps can help us fall in love with music again.

“Introverts, rejoice! A new app is pioneering a form of communication that doesn’t require you to speak at all. The MotionPhone app, just released for the iPhone and re-released on the iPad, allows people to use their fingers to animate a series of abstract shapes set to music, and ultimately, communicate with one another on a more visceral level. ”

– Huffington Post, MotionPhone App Lets You Communicate Without Talking (VIDEO) by Gazelle Emami

“Gravilux is an unwinnable game of beauty and finesse”

Gravilux for Android reviewed in AndroidCentral http://www.androidcentral.com/gravilux-android-app-review