Bullseye by Polyphonic Spree
By Moonbot Studios LA, LLC
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Bullseye is an interactive music video collaboration between The Polyphonic Spree and Moonbot Studios.
Over the four years since the release of their most recent album, The Fragile Army, The Polyphonic Spree has been working on new music. "Bullseye" is the first single released from a collection of songs for the forthcoming label, Good Records Recordings. Moonbot Studios and The Polyphonic Spree together have created an interactive, character-based narrative music video. Play through an expansive and changing world as You-Me, a small creature striving to find his way in the world. Bring plants and creatures to life in a video where you see, hear, and touch the world around you.
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- Seamless world of interaction
- Touch clouds, plants and animals to life
- Evolving visuals that change with the music
- Follow and interact with a creature named You-Me
- Tilt your device to sway You-Me as he falls
- Choose between the Studio or Acoustic song tracks
Pretty and soft and cough...
I really like this band. I'm a little disappointed they left that cough in at the end of the song, (oh! Spoiler!), but it's still a lovely single filled with the childlike simplicity they captured so perfectly in light and day.
This app is pretty much just a little kind of toy to poke at while you listen to the song. You can open a flower or two but can't really do much to affect the animation, which moves along at it's own pace. You can't,for example, linger at a particular spot and noodle around with the scenery.... The description from Moonbot sort of leaves that impression. The animation, however, is really cute and illustrates the song well. My young kids will probably love it. It's the kind of thing you'd find on a band's website.
It would have been more satisfying, I think, if the listener/user were able to truly explore the world of this song, rather then just be carried along through the video poking at stuff as it went.
Still, I hope there is more,(and more interactive) videos like this and I was happy to invest the $2 This cost in order to encourage more releases. For sure this is a step in the right direction and I can see reserving a folder on my iPad for just these sorts of videos.
Beautiful and artistic, but justified purchase? Debatable
Bullseye is a beautiful and artistic visual interactive experience, but it's also one whose value I would greatly question. I understand the need to support musicians and artists and the fact that no game or app is cheap (subjectively) to make, but this is one in which the entire sensation can be had in less than 5 minutes. At $2 that's a high price to pay.
There are moments, unfortunately, where the frame rate either drops or stutters. This wouldn't be so bad if watching, enjoying, and interacting with the animation weren't part of the experience.
What a colossal waste of money. The song is ok, and it's nice that there are two versions, but for $2, you should at least get a digital download of the single. As it is, the "interactive video" is hardly interactive. You can simply tap things, and 90% of what you tap does nothing. It is "interactive" in only the most very basic form of the word. On tip of that, the visuals aren't really even interesting enough to stand in their own. I believe in supporting local and indie musicians, but if this is all they have to offer, I'd much rather just pay for a digital single. I wouldn't feel cheated for that. As it is, I do.
- Category: Music
- Released: Jul 11, 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 83.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Moonbot Studios LA, LLC
- © 2011 Moonbot Studios LA, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.