Developer Chris Carlson has released Borderlands Granular – a new musical instrument for the iPad.
Borderlands Granular is designed to let you explore, touch, and transform sound with granular synthesis, a technique that involves the superposition of small fragments of sound, or grains, to create complex, evolving timbres and textures.
Here’s an example of Borderland Granular in action:
Borderlands Granular emphasizes gestural interaction over knobs and sliders. You can create, drag, and throw pulsing collections of grains over a landscape of audio files, or use the built-in accelerometer to ‘sculpt sound with gravity’. The app also lets you record and share performances on the web.
This video is a quick tutorial introduction to Borderlands Granular:
NOTE: Borderlands Granular is designed for iPad 2 and 3. It will run on the iPad 1, but with slower performance due to the heavy requirements of the audio processing.
Borderlands Granular is available now in the App Store for $3.99.
If you’ve tried out Borderlands Granular, let us know what you think of it!