Welcome to "augmented sound," an interactive soundscape combining pre-existing musical samples, artificial intelligence, and whatever it can pick up from your smartphone's microphone. The result: an entirely new piece of music that's yours, and yours alone. Hans Zimmer, composer of music for the movie Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, sees this sort of thing as an evolution past the static MP3 that sounds the same every time you play it (see video below).
Zimmer, Inception director Christopher Nolan, and "reactive music" wizards RjDj have been working on Inception -- The App for the past couple of months. Now available for free in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, this augmented sound app (like "augmented reality" but for your ears) is based on the same basic framework that RjDj has applied to the music of bands like Clinic and Little Boots to create augmented albums that never sound the same. This time around, the added ingredient consists of passages from the musical score to the movie Inception.
The pairing makes a lot of sense, thematically speaking. After all, Inception the movie is all about "a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion." RjDj founder Michael Breidenbreucker explained the situation to Evolver.fm thusly:
"Instead of using the touchscreen to control the app, you navigate it with your real life activities and situations. New 'dreams' are unlocked if you walk or sit still, if you travel fast, at certain times of the day and depending on the weather."
For Hans Zimmer, who created the score for the film and was also instrumental in creating the app, this moment has been a long time coming.
"There's a thing I've been searching for and working on forever, which is a way to get beyond recorded music, to get beyond 'You just download a piece of music and it's just always the same.'"
Hans Zimmer talks about Inception The App from RjDj on Vimeo. I experienced this app in my office on Thursday afternoon, and recorded the results for your listening pleasure or otherwise. The microphone input consisted merely of me typing, talking to myself, tapping on my desk, and hitting a half-full glass with a pencil. I stayed in the same location the whole time. Your results will vary based on what the weather is like where you are (seriously), whether you're standing still or moving around (yes, really), and the sounds picked up by your microphone.
If you have an iPhone, an iPad, or a microphone-enabled iPod Touch (second-generation or later), you can try this out for yourself; it's free in Apple iTunes. RjDj offers several more of these "augmented sound" apps, too. We're with Zimmer, Breidenbruecker and Nolan: It might seem a bit zany and overly-forward-thinking to create music that adapts to people's surroundings, but the idea has real potential as a new art form.
If it were around during The Beatles' career, Abbey Road Studio's engineers probably would have used it.
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This app is a dream machine that transforms the world around you into a dreamworld. It uses augmented sound to induce dreams through the headset of your iPhone or iPod Touch. It will change your perception of reality.
Inception The App transports Inception The Movie right into your real life. New dreams can be unlocked in many ways, for example by walking, being in a quiet room, while traveling or when the sun shines. You will get realtime musical experiences, featuring new and exclusive music from the Inception soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer. This app is the first result of Christopher Nolan, Hans Zimmer and Michael Breidenbrückers' collaboration using augmented sound.
Warning: Don't play this app with the touchscreen, play this app with your life.
"We are awestruck. It's transformative and cutting edge. We don’t say this often but this is a must have app." -Apppicker.com
"Every bit as surprising and non-traditional as the movie." - Mark Brown, WIRED UK
"It’s completely awesome. And kind of surreal." - MacStories
"Critics are describing it as an iPhone app, within an iPhone app, within an iPhone app." - Ryan Schwartz, TWITTER
"I’m completely blown away." - NolanFans.com, Alex Haas
"It's like legal drugs with no side effects." - Pharrell Williams
"We just don't know if there are any side effects yet." - Michael Breidenbrücker
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Headset with microphone for dream listening.
Internet connection & location services are required to unlock new dreams.
4G Edition ( unlockable dreams ) : iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod Touch 3G / 4G.
3G Edition ( single exclusive overture dream ) : iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G.