Bandojo Offers Fun, Easy Music Creation on iPhone, iPad

May 31, 2014 in Music (E)

[] Albuquerque, New Mexico - PanMuse LLC today is proud to announce the release of Bandojo, a collaborative music app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Bandojo enables adults and children, musicians and non-musicians alike to easily create beautiful music. Users play by tapping or gliding one or more fingers across a colorful Melody Palette. The app harmonizes and rhythmically synchronizes this melody with one of 20 immersive accompaniments generated in real time, so the music continually changes and evolves.

The included accompaniments feature exotic as well as familiar sounds, rhythms, and harmonies, influenced by both contemporary and world music. The app also controls the musical scale played by the user to fit within each sound environment, so it's easy to create beautiful music. Additional accompaniments, covering more genres, styles, and cultures, will be available soon on the Bandojo website.

Users can play Bandojo collaboratively over a local area network. One device acts as host, or Maestro, and produces the combined sound for all the players. Each user plays a melody on his or her own WiFi-enabled iOS device. Because Bandojo provides a flexible way to synchronize the rhythms through Rhythm Lock (TM) and automatically controls the scale or mode to fit the accompaniment, users can easily play along.

Music. No Experience Required (TM):
Bandojo teaches music making through immersion. Users can play right away, even if they have never played a musical instrument before. This makes it ideal for kids as well as adults who have little or no prior experience creating music. The app also offers features that help users learn more about how music works. One such feature is the solfege overlay for the color-coded Melody Palette. When solfege is applied, every button on the Palette has a solfege label, so pitch relationships are clearer. The user can choose from Western (do, re, mi), Indian (sa, re, ga) and Byzantine (ni, pa, vu) solfege.

Bandojo was created by American composer Panaiotis, who has created many interactive musical performances with professional musicians as well as amateurs of all ages. He is a gifted performer and music educator who loves to share the power of music creation. He describes his app simply: "Bandojo is music for the rest of us."

Andrew Stone, an independent software programmer for over 25 years with many successful NeXT, Mac OS and iOS titles, created the iOS interface design and engineering. "I wanted to be a rock star, but because I couldn't, I became a coder. I get out the distortion guitar in Bandojo!"

Feature Highlights:
* Quick Start overlay explains features and controls so users can play right away
* Color-coded Melody Palette enables play of melodies, chords and clusters of sound
* Includes 20 accompaniments generated in real time
* Additional accompaniments influenced by many cultures, styles, and genres coming soon
* 16 different melody instruments: including dulcimer, banjo, viola, harp and distortion guitar
* Includes percussion and sound effects
* Rhythm Lock (TM) guides users towards simpler or more complex play
* Solfege overlay for the Melody Palette shows pitch relationships
* Collaborate or jam over a local area network

Travis Kellerman is CEO of PanMuse, LLC. "So many people just consume music. We want to give everyone a chance to create, collaborate and share music through technology."

Device Requirements
* iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* 32.9 MB

Pricing and Availability
Bandojo 1.0 is $2.99 USD. Available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music and Lifestyle categories.

PanMuse LLC is a new, independent software development company founded on the principle of empowerment through access to music creation, performance, and community. Proudly based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Copyright (C) 2014 Panaiotis and PanMuse LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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