Developers Mike Rotondo and Luke Iannini sent word that they’ve released a new iPad app, Artikulator.
Artikulator is a multi-touch finger-painting synthesizer and music toy. But, while Rotondo & Iannini describe the app as a ‘music toy’, it also is designed to let you explore synthesis in an experimental way.
Here’s what the developers have to say about Artikulator:
Our goal is to begin freeing electronic music from being grid-based in time and pitch. We’ve found Artikulator awesome for synthesizing the sounds of nature, such as a baby crying, or waves crashing on a beach.
The human mind is pretty perceptive to this kind of free glissando, from the emotional melisma of speech to our understanding of the doppler effect to place sounds in space — so we say, why not sequence it : ).
Artikulator was inspired by ideas explored by Xenakis and Ligeti, especially Xenakis’ UPIC, which lets users ‘draw’ sounds and then paint a score.
It’s available in the App Store now for $4.99.
Artikulator was covered previously on Synthtopia, in an earlier incarnation.