Friday, January 07, 2011

Phone Friday: MusicGrid - Music generation for babies

Our little one is just beginning to see laptops and phones as more than a chew toy. We've got a ways to go, but I can see the wheels turning in his head as he begins to appreciate that these devices might have some real entertainment value. With that in mind, I'm really glad I found MusicGrid. The app's description just doesn't do it justice:

Technically a step sequencers, MusicGrid was inspired by the funky Tenori-on and the great online ToneMatrix.

Huh?

But download it and give it a try and it makes sense in just a few seconds. You're presented with a grid. As you rake your finger over the screen, various cells in the grid are turned on. While you're doing this, the program is sweeping across the grid playing a tone for each enabled cell.

Through, what I can only describe as magic, no matter what you draw you get a pleasing little song out of the deal.

Don't take my word for it, try the web version — ToneMatrix — that inspired the mobile app to see what I mean.

Music creation is made so simple, our 16 month old can play along. The tactile and interactive interface is perfect for kids of all ages.

I'd love to see a way to record the songs - but even without that feature, it's still a fun little app.

While not as sexy - it's also worth checking out the always impressive Toddler Lock. It let's our little one play with the screen without needing as much supervision, as he can't leave the app and call customers of mine.

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