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JAZZ: Trump's Journey Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on January 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SOLID
Egg Ball and BulkyPix have made what might very well be the first-ever video game (loosely) based on Luis Armstrong's life. And it's GOOD.
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Songineer - Instant Composer Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on November 22nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BALLAD BUILDER
Songineer bridges the gap between simple music-generation and full-blown compositions.
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Learn Music By Ear With Perfect Pitch Piano

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 9th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Perfect Pitch Piano teaches something that I've been trying to learn for years: to play the piano by ear. There's a corny joke in there. Musicians still need their hands to play the instrument, not their ears, but Perfect Pitch Piano does go some way to teaching those interested to play a tune.

Basically, Perfect Pitch Piano plays a melody and then leaves the user to play it back. It's a subtle teaching tool but one that should work well with practice. In its endeavours, Perfect Pitch Piano teaches users to learn all the fundamental building blocks of music playing such as intervals and timings.

Classic songs can be learnt through the app such as Amazing Grace, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Mary Had a Little Lamb, ideal starting places for beginners.

Those a little more experienced aren't left out, however, as they can adjust the key and tempo to make things more challenging.

On sale at $1.99, Perfect Pitch Piano is bound to be an ideal tool for those learning to play the piano.

Bottle Tunes Puts Music in a Bottle (Obviously)

Posted by Rob Rich on September 29th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Show of hands, who here sometimes likes to blow across the top of a bottle to make that vaguely musical sound? Okay, good. Another show of hands, who here either has or has considered amassing several of these bottles filled with various amounts of liquid and recreating a real song? Interesting. Well then, have a gander at Bottle Tunes.

Bottle Tunes is pretty much what I just described, only with digital representations of bottles and music rather than physical ones. Although there's a little more to it than that. Sure it's possible to fill up some bottles and go to town, and even save tunes for replaying or editing later, but there's also a bit of a game here. Namely, users can adjust fluid levels and attempt to recreate a specific "bottle-themed" song.

I imagine the market for something like this is a little limited, but then again the appeal of magic bottle music is fairly universal. Plus it's totally free, so why not download and play around with it?

Discover Exciting New Music Via KCRW Music Mine

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 21st, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Southern Californians and music fans alike should instantly recognise the name KCRW. It's a public radio station that's become increasingly popular thanks to its use of modern methods like podcasts and streaming Internet radio broadcasts in its efforts to educate music fans in the latest and greatest new acts. In the past, KCRW hosts have helped showcase the likes of Beck, Adele, Florence & the Machine, Coldplay, Dido and Massive Attack.

Now there's an app from KCRW that aims to take 'listeners on an audio adventure of artists especially selected by DJs' from the station. Pretty exciting, huh?

KCRW Music Mine - an iPad only app - is dedicated entirely to music exploration using The Echo Nest's music intelligence platform to track down the best new artists. The app offers up to 100 artists at a time with lists updated daily in tandem with the on air playlists for KCRW. Listeners who want to learn more can then find videos, photos, blog posts and more behind each artist as well as discover the musical talent.

The format of KCRW Music Mine lends itself to users who don't have a lot of time on their hands for messing around with configurations. Intead it's an app that's simple to browse and quickly find something of interest.

For fans who just want to kick back and relax, they can jut tap the KCRW's 24 hour, all music stream Eclectic24 and enjoy the music, or they can listen in to full shows by many KCRW DJs.

KCRW Music Mine sounds like the ideal companion for KCRW fans and a fantastic app for music enthusiasts keen to find something new to love. I can certainly see some lazy Sunday afternoons being lost to checking out new music.

It's free to download so why not give it a try today?

Loopy Tunes GiggleApps Review

Posted by Chris Kirby on August 12th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Loopy Tunes is a very interesting universal musical application, allowing players to layer different instrumental sounds and the like together to create unique musical pieces.

It is nice how both individual sounds that play once when tapped are included, as well as many looping sounds and bits of music that play continuously until silenced with a touch.

This app opens to the lovely view of what is reminiscent of a vintage radio or television face, which includes a top and bottom row of sections that one can tap. The top row involves eight areas that play individual sounds with the touch of a finger. Note the left bottom of the screen where five small yellow knob-like button selections are offered. As one explores here, the top row of individual sounds will change from a series of milk jugs, piano notes, and different instrument options as well as a group of abstract sounds, all of which make a single sound when tapped.

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Groove Coaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 29th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TOTALLY RAD
Groove Coaster may follow a formula of progression similar to Space Invaders-Infinity Gene, but it's a completely different beast. This time, it's all about the music.
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Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds: Minigame Adventure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 13th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOTS OF POTENTIAL
Only two out of twelve mini-games are currently available, but this episodic collection shows promise.
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Fart Studio Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jeff Scott on April 1st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DJ JAZZY FARTS
Farts as a musical instrument. Hell yes, this app does it.
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Gary Lucero on February 9th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ABOVE AVERAGE
Chordica is a fun and easy to use music app. It's innovative design lets you memorize songs using numbers instead of notes, which allows you to play a song in any key using the exact same screen taps. The app has a good sounding piano sample and enough ad
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on November 18th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
A fantastic all-encompassing synthesizer for the iPhone
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RjDj Album

By Jeff Scott on November 18th, 2008
A fantastic app that tailors music to your current environment
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on October 11th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RECOMMENDED
Cosmovox is a great little musical toy
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