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The iPhone is proving to be quite a platform for portable music apps. This new digital ocarina from Smule aims to convert Apple’s wonder-phone into an expressive and nuanced instrument all its own –

The Ocarina synthesizes sound in real-time, just like a regular instrument, based on actual gestures including wind input, tilt, and finger placement over the four holes overlaid on the multi-touch pad. Unlike other iPhone audio apps, the sound is not pre-compiled but is generated by the notes, gestures and nuance of the individual performer. As a result, it allows an iPhone user to explore and master the musical sounds of an entirely iPhone-native version of an ancient flute-like instrument.

… the group rendition of Stairway to Heaven is certainly something special as well :)

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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  1. First app from the app store I’ve spent money on. Played with it all weekend, it’s really a lot of fun. I’d already gotten my 99 cents worth of enjoyment out of it in the first ten minutes. :)

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