May 16, 2012 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] London, United Kingdom - Rockford's Rock Opera comes to iPad as a Universal App
The creators of Rockford, Matthew and Elaine Sweetapple and Steve Punt are delighted to introduce the new iPad version of Rockford's Rock Opera. Already an iTunes best seller for iPhone, this is a funny, sad, psychedelic, spellbinding and thought provoking 21st Century musical eco-adventure, that amuses, enthrals and educates children of all ages.
* a magical audio story
* beautiful illustrations
* animated videos
* great pop songs
It was made on a Mac in an attic in Barnet, London. Now Rockford's Rock Opera has arrived on iPad with the hour long Part One as a FREE APP.
New For Ipad:
* Part One - FREE App
* Parts 2-4 $2.99 / $4.99
A Fantastical Musical Educational Adventure:
Rockford's Rock Opera is a new breed of 21st century, iPhone/Pad friendly audio video entertainment; think of 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' crossed with 'Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds', or 'Jungle Book' meets 'Jurassic Park' via Sergeant Pepper.
* iPad/Phone/Touch Universal App
* Also on CD and DVD
* Web streaming and downloads from www.rockfordsrockopera.com
* Made in an attic, with one PowerMac G5
Far away in the Sea of Tranquillity lies the Island of Infinity, home to the last one of every extinct species. Infinity has a secret for the world but Moog, a boy from Battersea in London, and Rockford his dog, are the only one who can deliver its message. Travelling to Infinity, Moog and Rockford get drawn into an adventure in sound that threatens the entire human race.
RRO has now been downloaded or streamed on the web by over 2,000,000 people. Acclaimed by teachers, educationalists and pupils, its ecological story and lesson plans have reached almost a 1,000,000 additional school children across the world. In many schools it is replacing Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' movie as an eco-education aid for younger children.
Children Of All Ages:
Although principally aimed at 6 - 12 year olds and their families, the story is now reaching a far wider audience, from pre-school children to teenagers, parents and grandparents.
This is certainly not a traditional 'stage musical' with hammy songs, Rockford's diverse musical inspiration can be found in The Beatles, The Flaming Lips, The Streets, Jeff Wayne's 'War of the Worlds', The Small Faces, Genesis, XTC and works such as Roger Glover's 'Butterfly Ball', and Harry Nilssen's 'The Point'. But really, it's not like anything else - a funny, sad, psychedelic, spellbinding, thought provoking 21st Century adventure.
Not A Mega-Corp:
Rockford's Rock Opera is NOT the creation of a global entertainment corp, It is the work of award winning alternative entrepreneurs, 'Sweetapple', (www.sweetapple.co.uk) and a handful of dedicated people working for the love of this amazing, original story. The project is entirely self-produced and financed.
The Message - acclaimed by the World Wildlife Fund:
Featuring and scripted by respected BBC writer and comedian, Steve Punt, this is also a story with an original ecological message - a unique 'take' on the threat of extinction and the effect man is having upon life on earth. The Rockford's Rock Opera website is full of fascinating information about the story and the facts behind the fiction. As a result, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has acclaimed the project.
On The Web:
The first hour of the story is available free as a stream or downloads, or streamed as an animated picture book and read-along:
On Cd $15.99 And Dvd $14.99:
The complete sound track is available as a boxed 3CD set and a DVD of all four apps
On iPhone/iPod touch And iPad:
Visit the Apple App Store where Part One of the story is available as a free App (Parts 2, 3 and 4 are available as paid for Apps):
* Music & Production - Matthew Sweetapple
* Design - Elaine Sweetapple
* Story - Matthew Sweetapple & Steve Punt
* Script - Steve Punt
* Performers - all of the above
The husband and wife team, Matthew and Elaine Sweetapple create original ideas, campaigns, products and promotions for charitable causes and for the benefit of society as a whole. Recent award winning Sweetapple campaigns have included Peeball, an idea created for The Prostate Cancer Charity, and Remember Me, the weeping flower roadside memorial sign to raise the profile of the road accident victim's charity, RoadPeace.
About Steve Punt:
Steve Punt is a well-known face on British TV and an even better known voice on BBC Radio. As one half of comedy duo Punt & Dennis he's appeared with Jasper Carrott, the Mary Whitehouse Experience and written for numerous famous names. Steve also stars in Radio 4's the Now Show and will shortly appear in a new series on TV. Matthew met Steve at school where they wrote songs together
The Making Of Rockford:
Rockford's Rock Opera was recorded and mixed on an Apple PowerMac G5 running Logic 7 and 8 software.
The recording process included the recording and mixing of all 20 songs, the recording, mixing and editing of all narration and dialogue and then, the sound design, production and editing of the whole two and half hour adventure in sound.
Technically the fact that this was all done within one computer was important as it was only by keeping the project 'small' in this way that one person - Matthew Sweetapple, was able to focus on the piece as a whole and do it all. In some ways the limitations enabled the process that could have otherwise become so big it would never have been completed.
Technology in the hands of dedicated creators is now allowing more large-scale projects to happen. In the past, it was only musicians like Jeff Wayne (who owned his own studio) who could create such major musical stories.
Now, with a Mac and lots and lots of time, home-based creators can deliver big audio projects and now, with the Internet and apps, they can reach a world audience too...
Robert Follis Associates Limited:
is a PR consultancy in London UK, specialising in Consumer Electronics, Technology and Apps, covering global all English Speaking markets including the USA.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 269 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Rockford's Rock Opera 2.0.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
The husband and wife team, Matthew and Elaine Sweetapple create original ideas, campaigns, products and promotions for charitable causes and for the benefit of society as a whole. Recent award winning Sweetapple campaigns have included Peeball, an idea created for The Prostate Cancer Charity, and Remember Me, the weeping flower roadside memorial sign to raise the profile of the road accident victim's charity, RoadPeace. Copyright (C) 2012 Sweetapple. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.