svärm implements a colorfull particle swarm that reacts to music and sounds. By computing the frequency spectrum in real time svärm can handle both recorded and live sounds. Inputs are microphone, line in, the iPod music library and/or audio bus.
- microphone, line in.
- import iPod library.
And the app is free.
Useful stuff from the developer of Cotracks on how to use the repeater.
The ever useful Musical Android posts about a new app coming from the makers of PocketBand Pro, which was uLoops I think.
Anyway, it seems they have something new in the works, which is great as I think we always need more Android music making stuff.
It’s only fair to say that Android hasn’t been a platform for making music in a big way so far, but I think that’ll change this year, or at least it’ll start to change anyway. In fact, you could argue that it has already with the arrival of the truly amazing Caustic 3 for Android and iOS.
My hope is that this will be the tip of the iceberg for Android, and that we’ll start to see more interesting things happening in that space. However, I don’t think it’ll suddenly be a new iOS or a real challenger. No, I think it’ll develop in a very different way to what we’ve seen to date with iOS, and that in itself will be more interesting.
Android by definition is a more open OS than iOS, that’s a given, but as a result of that the possibilities a very different and so I don’t think it should be viewed in the same way as iOS at all. My guess, or my prediction, is that we’ll see more environments for making in Android. Systems that will allow users to make things for themselves. Perhaps something between Android app inventor and Patchfield. Now that would make for an interesting diversion.
Anyway, that’s my view, but as ever, I’m interested in knowing what you think about Android.