Activision Publishing has some rocking news forGuitar Hero fans:Guitar Hero Live and GHTV are coming, and theywill be available for tablets and mobile phones. Just like previous Guitar Hero games, in Guitar Hero Liveyou'll be able to experience the rush of playing on stage in front of millions of fans who react to your guitar playing skills.
GHTV will be aplayable live music video network where you'll be able to pick frommultiple channels and themed shows to find the latest songs to play with your friends. You can even challenge players from all over the world.
There is no official release date for the mobile versions, but if you can't wait to try Guitar Hero Live there's some good news: Best Buy is having events in select cities where you can demo the game. The tour stops are:
•April 14, 2015: Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm - 9pm •April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm - 5pm •April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm - 5pm
The innovative musical app, Borderlands Granularby Chris Carlson, lets you explore music by using granular synthesis - a technique where you superimpose small fragments of sound, or grains, to build compositions. The app has recieved a new update that includes a lot of new features.
Now musicians get real-time audio input recording and granulation as well as resonant filters for each grain cloud. You can also save and load Scenes, which keep track of your clouds, sounds, and automation as presets.
FreshPlanet Inc.'sRock On - A SongPop Adventureis their newest music trivia game. As you play you'll answer questions that lead you on a rock and roll journey to stardom. The game includes over 80 levels with 3,000 songs from a multitude of musical genres like Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, Pop Rock, Indie Rock, and more. You can even choose a specific band or artist to test your trivia know-how on. Rock Onincludes a solo adventure, but you can also play against your friends to top the Facebook leaderboard charts.
You can downloadRock On - A SongPop Adventure for free now.
Smule makes tons of apps for listening and playing music. Recently a Los Angeles-based indie pop group, called Smallpoolsreleased songs from their new album,LOVETAP!, on Smule's Magic Piano and Sing! Karaoke so that you could jam along with them. Last month, Smallpools released two songs for the apps called “Open Call”, on Sing! Karaoke and "Karaoke" for Magic Piano where you could perform alongside band frontman Sean Scanlon.
“Working with Smule gave us the unique opportunity to interact with our fans on a whole new level,” said Michael Kamerman of Smallpools, in a press release. “It also exposed our music to hundreds of thousands of new listeners and we had a fantastic time watching everyone get down with our Open Call."
The Sing! Karaoke app lets you record yourself singing alone or with friends, add special effects to your voice, and share with people all over the world. Magic Piano shows you how to play your favorite songs, control the rhythm and tempo, and choose from a bunch of different instruments including piano, harpsichord, Funky 80's synth, and organ. You can also use the two apps together to match your awesome piano playing skills with vocals.
You can join the band with Sing! Karaoke and Magic Piano for free on the App Store.
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
If YouTube videos and reality TV shows like The Voice have taught us one thing, it’s that there are a lot of people out there who are anxious to show the world their talents. And if they’ve taught us a second thing, it’s that there’s an almost equally sizable group of people who are anxious to judge those hopefuls. What’s interesting about Chosen is that it actually caters to both of these crowds.
Chosen comes from the mind of David Hyman, and gives you the chance to become a social media star - or to find said star and be able to say you knew them when.
Performers have an impressive set of tools at their disposal. They can record themselves singing their own songs, do a little karaoke, lip sync to popular tunes, or upload their own video from outside of the app. Once it’s ready, they can then tweak the audio and the video with several different effects (be they silly, dramatic, or anything in-between). What’s impressive is that the audio tracks that play in the background when recording from the app will automatically be canceled out to prevent distortion or reverb - in other words you won't have to wear headphones while recording.
Judges, on the other hand, get to try and find those diamonds in the rough. Although their process is more of an assortment of mini-games. In one, they watch three different video clips and try to pick which performer was the most popular (it proves how “in-tune” they are as a judge). Another one presents a similar scenario except they watch a performer’s clip, then two different judges’ videos, and have to decide which judge was ranked the highest.
It’s this combination of talent sharing and gamified critique that make Chosen such a solid contender in a marketplace that’s already got a a few “talent scout” apps in it. Granted, I’m not going anywhere near the Performer side of things (you’d thank me if you’ve ever heard me try to sing before), but I could totally be a Judge.
So whether you want to show the world how you can belt out songs better than the original artists or if you’d prefer to have fun watching other people perform and telling them what you think, Chosen could be worth a look.
Setlyst was designed for musicians by a musician, T Gregory Knox. The app keeps track of all of your band's songs to make it easy to arrange a set list for your gig. You can share your list with the rest of the band easily or post it on Facebook and Twitter. The app also allows you to set the screen up so that you can view the list full screen in case you want to read it on stage.
FreshPlanet has announced that their popular music trivia game, SongPop, is getting a sequel. SongPop 2 will have a fresh look and a new tournament-style mode. You'll be able to compete in a series of quizzes, which will add to your score on the global leaderboard. Top players will win prizes like coins, power-ups, and even VIP badges.
The sequel will also add a new pack of six playlists, with of 200 songs each, every week. Probably the best part is that the songs are free to try.
“We were thrilled to see how many people were playing SongPop over the years,” said FreshPlanet CEO Mathieu Nouzareth in a press release. “I think of SongPop 2 as a love letter to our community. We listened to their feedback, and now we're using it to design a game that expands on everything they loved about the original - plus a fresh new look and a ton of extra surprises."
FreshPlanet has not given a specific release date for SongPop 2 yet, but it should be out this Spring.
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Band On Tour by Davide Cardea is working to make musician's lives easier. With the app you can book your tours quickly and easily. It provides you with maps you can use to select venues to play, and each location provides detailed information including e-mail, telephone number, and/or website. Once you've selected your venue you can email or phone the booking agent directly through the app.
Band On Tour also manages budgets, timetables, and even individual set lists. And once you have all of your venues booked you can export your Tour Book in PDF to make it easier to read or share. The app has over 9,000 venues to choose from and more are being added everyday.
You can check out Band On Tour for free on the App Store.
The original soundtrack for Glorkian Warrior, the funky shoot 'em up from Pixeljam Games, is now available on Bandcamp. Jam out to the chiptune music composed by Mark DeNardo, a Brooklyn-based composer and performer. Mark used a GameBoy and the program Little Sound DJ to create the 15 songs on the album.
The "Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork" OST is available for download on Bandcamp right now, for $5.00.