February 2, 2011 in Music and Recording (E)
[prMac.com] San Francisco, California - Bubble Harp, the award-winning visual music iOS app by artist and independent developer Scott Snibbe is now available in the Mac App Store. Snibbe's app is a mesmerizing mixture of music and animation that draws dancing bubbles across the screen, following a person's every gesture.
The iOS version of the seemingly useless app was a hit in the iTunes store last year, rising to become a number one music app, and garnering recognition from Apple as one of the Top Ten Apps for Art and Music for 2010.
Last month Snibbe released Gravilux in the debut of Mac's App Store, where it climbed to the top ten of all paid apps, and was chosen by Apple as its number one staff favorite. Now, Snibbe follows up on Gravilux's success with the release of Bubble Harp for the Mac, coming full circle in the program's history. The original program was developed in the 1990s as a PC application distributed through the high-art world of galleries and museums, and a parallel underground network of floppy disks, USB Keys, Internet, and email. It was critically acclaimed at the time, shown at institutions like Deitch Projects, and London's Institute of Contemporary Art, and receiving press in Interview Magazine.
The new version for Mac features a new "heads-up" interface pops up from the bottom of the screen to allow change the musical scale, tempo, drawing speed, and other parameters.
Online reviews support the novelty, magic, and beauty of Bubble Harp, with the well-known Cool Hunting website saying, "Of the millions of apps out there, none quite capitalize on the sheer fun and beauty of interactivity the way that Scott Snibbe's do."
Snibbe's goals for Bubble Harp is to provide a form of visual music improvisation: "With Bubble Harp, it's possible to create music just by moving your mouse or fingers. And the music isn't merely a loop. Because it's algorithmically generated, the song shifts subtly each time it repeats, like a jazz musician might riff on a scale or theme."
* Mac OS X 10.6 or later
* 2.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Bubble Harp 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category. The new Bubble Harp is available for computers running the current version of Mac OS X and works with all display resolutions, including laptops and projectors.
Scott Snibbe has been creating interactive art for twenty years. His work is collected in New York's Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, and has appeared in hundreds of shows worldwide. Snibbe recently began releasing artwork for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch through Apples iTunes and Mac App Stores, taking artwork that was formerly available only in museums and galleries and making it available inexpensively and broadly to anyone with a mobile device. Copyright (C) 2011 Scott Snibbe. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, iPad and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.