Got a sweet mp3 player, but tired of listening to someone else’s music?
The tools for music creation has become more accessible thanks to affordable applications such as Garageband, but they still tend to be relatively complex to learn. In comes another mode of music production… the one that pre-packages auditory possibilities, and lets you unleash it in your own haphazard, serendipitous way. Throw in the portability, multi-sensory and processing power of the iPhone, and the gates of creativity becomes unleashed.
Earlier this month, Brian Eno released a generative music album for the iPhone known as Bloom. Just this week, Gunter Geiger, a technologist and advocate of free software, released the equally spectacular, RjDj.
So what the heck is RjDj?
According to Peter Kirn’s Create Digital Music review:
Instead of just evolving and allowing inputs, [RjDj] makes use of the iPhone microphone and sensors to respond to your environment. Not only does the music change, but it changes because of where you are and what you’re doing. The creators describe the effect:
The world around you will sound different or suddenly become part of a song. Some scenes sound best in certain situations like walking through the city, being alone, or making music with your friends. You can also record your mind twisting hearing sensations and listen to them later just like a normal music title.
RjDj affects the perception of your reality. It is the soundtrack to your life.
In short, much like how illicit drugs distort our sensory perception of reality in everchanging ways, so does RjDj. ;)