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iPhones get turned into musical instruments

iPhones get turned into musical instruments

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Apples iPhone has been a huge success for the computer giant with continual growing sales across the globe. The latest story involving their use comes from the University of Michigan where students are using them to design and play instruments … with their first public performance scheduled in for the 9th of December.

The course behind all this is called “Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble” and it is the first worldwide being taught by George Essl, a computer scientist and musician who has a resume of working on developing both musical instruments and mobile phones.

Essl and his team began using the microphone as a wind sensor a few years ago which helped to found the creation of such iPhone applications as the widely downloaded “Ocarina” – which turn the iPhone into a wind instrument.

“The mobile phone is a very nice platform for exploring new forms of musical performance,” he 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. The touch-screen, microphone, GPS, compass, wireless sensor and accelerometer can all be transformed so that when you run your finger across the display, blow air into the mic, tilt or shake the phone, for example, different sounds emanate.”

Its a very interesting concept and we hope to have a reporter at the performance next week.

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Stuart Davidson

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