Macworld ’09: Origins of Ocarina for iPhone

One of the SMULE engineers, Spencer, reveals the backstory of how the inventive Zelda flute application, Ocarina, was created for the iPhone.

Apparently SMULE produce all kinds of musical apps as they’re using a unique audio coding language for creative yet rapid development. A key member of SMULE is Ge Wang, a PhD student at Princeton, who was profiled by Apple for his Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk).

Ge Wang had developed ChucK as a programming language tailored for generating and making sense of sound. It’s designed to have a shallow learning curve as Wang claims that it is possible for someone who’s never programmed before to start making music within the first 30 minutes.

To see how popular Ocarina is, just search on Youtube for fans showing off their Ocarina playing skills.

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