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12-04-2009, 06:19 AM #1
iPhone Orchestra Readies for Debut
There are plenty of things that we've seen, heard, and done with the iPhone. But an "iPhone orchestra" isn't one of them. Until now, that is.
According to 9to5Mac:
Students at the University of Michigan are learning to design, build and play instruments on their Apple smartphones as part of a course called "Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble". This course is taught by Georg Essl, a computer scientist and musician who has worked on developing mobile phones and musical instruments.
The touch-screen, microphone, GPS, compass, wireless sensor, and accelerometer can all be transformed so that when a performer runs their finger across the display, blows air into the mic, tilts or shakes the phone, for example, different sounds emanate.
In the history of music, experimentation with electronic devices have led to the discovery and development of new instruments, like the synthesizer and theremin. Could the iPhone be the newest acquisition of the world's finest orchestras? From the looks of things pretty soon there could be an app for that.
“The mobile phone is a very nice platform for exploring new forms of musical performance," Essl said. "We're not tethered to the physics of traditional instruments. We can do interesting, weird, unusual things. "This kind of technology is in its infancy, but it's a hot and growing area to use iPhones for artistic expression."
12-04-2009, 06:32 AM #2
God that gave me a headache. I would hate to get a call in the middle of that.
12-04-2009, 07:17 AM #3
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12-04-2009, 08:00 AM #5
From what i saw it did not impress me at all! Sounded like 1 note with varying tone. Maybe the actual concert will be better but as of now it needs a lot more work. But they did call it a practice!If anything was usefull a thanks would be great!
12-04-2009, 09:20 AM #6
dear god... its going to far... LOLThis is getting a lil' ridiculous...
12-04-2009, 09:24 AM #7
12-04-2009, 10:07 AM #8
iphone orchestra, wow that's lameI am not a jailbreak n00bI like to drink iPhoneahol...Circa 2008
12-04-2009, 11:40 AM #9
...Weird. Almost thought it might be a bunch of nerds doing this.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
12-04-2009, 01:54 PM #10
I work at U of M so I'll be checking it out next week for sure. Seems rather odd but I'm curious about the whole thing. It's free, so why not?21.5" iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 l 15" MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 l 17" PowerBook 1.67 GHz
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12-04-2009, 06:25 PM #11
12-04-2009, 08:14 PM #12
they get credit for this course? i guess you can major in anything these daysOriginally Posted by ??????
12-04-2009, 10:01 PM #13
circuit bending the iphone in a more complex way. geniouskillall Terminal
12-07-2009, 01:36 AM #14
Have you ever heard an orchestra?
An "IPhone Orchestra" is like "military intelligence".
As Groucho Marx put it,"Military Intelligence is a contradiction in terms."
AND so is an "IPhone Orchestra"!