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Free for a few days if you leave a review. We are always trying to improve our products. Thank You. Please try iArmonica HD for the iPad... stunning! iArmonica is a wonderful and unique sounding instrument you can play on your iPhone/iPod touch. Invented in 1761, the Glass Armonica was called Benjamin Franklin’s magical musical invention, also his favorite, causing young ladies to swoon and apparently drove them wild with its hypnotic sounds, some calling it the aphrodisiac of musical instruments. It was used by Franz Mesmer to mesmerize and captivate his patients. It originally consisted of 37 glass bowls tuned by size, mounted one inside each other with cork on a metal spindle. The exquisite ethereal sound it produces resonates around you due in part to the way humans perceive and locate ranges of sounds from 1,000-4,000 hertz, which coincides with the sound range where the brain is 'not quite sure' and thus we have difficulty locating it in space. The word "Armonica" is the Italian word for "Harmony". Beethoven, Mozart, Händel, Strauss, and more than 100 composers composed works for the glass harmonica. All sound samples for iArmonica, as well as the menu music (Mozart’s Adagio) are provided by nationally acclaimed artist Dean Shostak using a real glass Armonica. Try iArmonica HD for the iPad
• Beautifully detailed animated graphics
• High quality sound sampled from recordings of a real glass Armonica
• Multitouch for playing multiple bowls simultaneously
• Zoom and pan controls, so you can customize the display on the fly
• Notes overlay which can be toggled off and on, to assist in learning to play the glass Armonica
• Several songs transcribed and accessible from the main menu
A "must" download
Delightful- a classy app, with excellent graphics, tone and interface. A slam dunk for fans of armonicas, casual musicians of any stripe, or anyone interested in unusual instruments!
Two suggestions: add a way to record and play back a performance? Also: just saw Mr. Shostak play his glass armonica in Williamsburg and it does not seem to have Franklin's rainbow of colors, but only gold rims on the flat/sharp pitches grouped like a piano's ebony keys. Would an alternate display with this color scheme be possible?
Worth an immediate download!
Excellent instrument, haunting sounds!
I've always been curious about this instrument and now I know how cool it is. It is hard enough to find a real armonica but this is even better than the real thing, because it is portable. As easy as playing a keyboard, but the sounds are much more vivid and haunting! Very rich and realistic sounds. Best used on the iPad for larger workspace and sound but I use it on my phone too. Nice design and layout. Any musician should have this in their arsenal!
Love this! Crystal bowls are beautiful but limited in high tones which is where their cousin, the Armonica, shines. I wish there were recordings with both. I'd be sad to see the skill and knowledge of this instrument become a lost art. It's fun to have a mini version for myself. Thank you to the app creator. Well done. :)
- Category: Music
- Released: Jul 12, 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 31.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: RTL Interactive LLC
- © 2011 RTL Interactive LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.