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Aeolian Harp

By Uwe Oestermeier

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The Aeolian Harp is named for Aeolus, the ancient Greek god of the wind. Wind harps are the oldest forms of automatic music. The app uses the wind harp as a metaphor and allows the user to create relaxing animations and sounds without musical knowledge.

Touches and strokes generate visualizations and sounds which evolve in time.

User defined parameter and color schemes can be used to explore the manifoldness of the underlying particle system.

The compass can be used to locate the following instruments in the four directions of the winds: Balalaika, Celtic Harp, Guitar, Gamelan, Guzheng, Kalimba, Koto, Marimba, Orchestral Harp, and Sitar. Each of these instruments can be assigned to a compass direction with a double tap on a cardinal point.

The acceleration sensor is used to simulate the impact of gravity on the flowing particles. (You must increase the impact of gravity in the parameter settings to see the effects.) Other parameters can be used to control the duration of the sounds. Endless loops, for instance, can be created by a reduction of the evaporation parameter and an increase of the elasticity of the particles.

Snapshots of the animation can be sent via e-mail.

Recommended for headphones and external speakers (especially the speakers of the iPod and iPhone may distort high and low sounds).

Featured by Apple in Hot Trends 2010 - Generative Art & Sound

What's New in Version 1.4.1

Supports the display of the new iPhone 5.
Bug fixes for iOS 6.


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Customer Reviews

App of the future, now

This is one of the best apps made period. I got it on my iPod touch, then had to get it on my iPhone, and finally on the iPad where it really shines. Art and music connected together and with so much freedom, you don't have to be a musician to enjoy it, only be in the moment. Many instruments and tonal scales to choose from and things like echo, colors, and gravity to tweak, you would have to be beyond ADD to not enjoy it, I never get bored of this app, it's been almost four years now. If you have headphones you will hear the amazing high quality of sound, and it moves from one side of your brain to the other, wonderful app, just wonderful. I will never be bored on an airplane again, and my little boy loves it too. Great job guys, exceeds expectations in a sea of app crap. Thanks

Last update broke it

After loading the current update I no longer get sound even after deleting / reinstalling.

Aeolian Harp
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2012
  • Version: 1.4.1
  • Size: 20.3 MB
  • Languages: English, German
  • Seller: Uwe Oestermeier

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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