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 :)


  • Spoonman

    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. :)