Music Apps Killed the MP3 Star


20 Responses to “Music Apps Killed the MP3 Star”

  1. Anonymous says:

    There’s a great design podcast called 99 Percent invisible that did a cool four and a half minute piece on RJDJ back in September. Totally worth a listen.

  2. Anonymous says:

    No android love? Bummer

  3. thekenoshakid says:

    “What I wanted was to develop an app that went ‘chuggachugchug chuggachugchug’ whenever somebody moved. I call it the Hans Zimmer Effect. We are now working on a newer version that repositions the listener so that the sun is always in their eyes.”

  4. Anonymous says:

    I had a similar idea about a piece of music that’s different with each go around. I made two ambient pieces that are meant to be played together, both on loop. Because they’re different lengths, they overlap differently on each play through. Also, even though they’re each just around 7 minutes long, you get around 42 hours before the “piece” actually starts repeating.
    You can find and download the two separate tracks here:

  5. scifijazznik says:

    I’ve been into ambient music and experimental sound for more than 20 years now, but increasingly I find myself listening to less and less recorded music or even sound art.

    I think this is because just going through life, I feel like I am inundated with sound from every direction, most of which is not of my choosing. One of the reasons I can no longer bear to go to the mall is because every single shop has something different blasting at deafening levels inside and the sound walking through the mall is, to me, physically sickening. By the time I get home and can listen to whatever I choose, my ears feel burned out.

    I can honestly say that the last thing I want is any kind of “augmented reality,” especially when it comes to sound. Instead, I’d rather be able to walk into a shop, any kind of shop, and hear no music, no sound other than workers and shoppers going about their business. How marvelous would that be?

    • Anonymous says:

      You know, there are millions of deaf people out there who would give anything to hear the world of “noise” around us….

      One of the most amazing things that apps like RJDJ and Inception do, is they allow us to experience the beauty of “noise,” the “art” of noise — the sounds of the Subway clacking and swooshing along, the conversation happening in a different language next to you, all of these sounds sampled and morphed into beautiful soundscapes that blend perfectly with the music you are listening to.

      If all else fails, there’s always ear plugs. But if you go outside, shut your eyes and really open your ears, you might just find you’ve had ear plugs in the whole time!

  6. YarbroughFair says:

    I don’t know what country these guys are from but they are stupid as hell. It’s already been done on Family Guy!

  7. IsolatedGestalt says:

    Zimmer was in The Buggles?

  8. Cocomaan says:

    Damn… this is the first time I’ve really, really wanted an IPhone over my droid.

    • nemofazer says:

      Don’t be too sad. I just tried it. The text reading things like “the world around you is now a dream” is rather patronizing. The sound, while impressive, is like having a digital effects processor on a random setting (mostly delay with heavy modulation) in your head along with some orchestral samples. Very annoying and I’m not sure under what circumstances you would use this.

    • JDavid says:

      I on the other hand would be sad. This app is one of the few that uses real world input to alter sound and intermix the soundtrack with the world around you. It’s really a pretty amazing piece of work.

      “I’m not sure under what circumstances you would use this.” seems an empty “meh” comment, because this is just an immersive ambient sound app. It’s purpose is just to play with sounds and unlock other dreamscapes – one demands you be outside on a sunny day and still – another require you to be still at 11pm – it’s just an interesting little app, and it’s free.

      I can see someone who feels a simple tone setting message in a free app as “patronizing”, just not “getting it” anyway.

      Another interesting and fun one is “The Orb” featuring music from the Orb with David Gilmour. No real purpose other than playing with soundscapes and colors/effects – but neat.

      • nemofazer says:

        I think you might have meant to reply to me. I get ambient sound apps and I’m a huge fan. Just not of this one. I stand by my comment that “the world around you is now a dream” is just embarrassing. It reads like it’s pitched at a 10 year old.

        I would highly recommend Bloom by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers, Air by Peter Chilvers and Sandra O’Neil or Trope by Brian Eno and Chilvers if you’re into ambient music apps. They’re not free but they’re cheap and wonderful. I listen to them quite a bit.

  9. Marc Weidenbaum says:

    The song is by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, but you can see Zimmer in the video.

  10. Sagodjur says:

    I’ll throw in another vote for an Android version of the Inception app.

    RjDjroid is available in a pre-release version here:

    It’s not the Inception app, but it at least shows that they’re looking into Android apps.

  11. muteboy says:

    I wrote about generative music after seeing a talk by Brian Eno a few years ago.

  12. sgnp says:

    It’s not giving any love to folks who can’t afford to upgrade from a 3G either:

  13. Anonymous says:

    The idea of a device that provides appropriate music for the situation is not new. The book “Gun, with Occasional Music” predicted such a thing in 1994.

    And I’d appreciate having the app ported to Palm’s WebOS.

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