The History of Jazz - an interactive timeline
By 955 Dreams
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An interactive timeline of the History of Jazz. Made specifically for the iPad - makes your iPad come alive with rich video, audio and superb design.
Reading a book on Jazz is like learning how to fly a kite indoors. The subject is rich with characters and music that a traditional book does not do it justice.
In this app you will find:
★ a way to traverse the chronological history of Jazz as an art-form. The navigation element is both fun and tactile to multiple touches of your fingers at a time.
★ a way to traverse through the various genres of Jazz easily and effortlessly
★ learn about the seminal figures in Jazz - the Legends of Jazz are represented with video and images. They really come alive in this app and you get to experience the genre through the artists that made it happen. You can enjoy just the videos and the short biography or dig deeper and read the more thorough encyclopedic article on each artist.
★ Each artist comes with a curated list of Essential Songs and Essential Albums that allows you to sample each song and then decide to build your own Jazz collection with an integrated experience with iTunes.
★ In each Genre you will not only experience its Legends but also get to sample tracks while you browse through the content. You can view videos that showcase the various legends right within the app to truly get a feel for each Genre.
★ For more advanced Jazz fans - you will find the curated list of videos especially entertaining and the transitions between genres will come alive. See how Bebop morphed into Cool Jazz and how the sound changed - all by scrolling effortlessly within this ingeniously designed app.
★ AirPlay support for videos so you can stream audio directly to your Hi-Fi speakers or your Apple TV
★ A ScreenSaver Mode that allows your app to behave like the perfect coffee table book that is sure to wow! your friends
★ Interesting tid-bits on each artist and beautiful quotes by the artists that made Jazz what it is today
★ Introduction to new artists that are exploding onto the scene today and who are sure to write the next chapter in Jazz History
★ over 45 hours of video content diligently categorized and organized for your viewing pleasure
What's New in Version 2.1
+ Content Updates
+ Bug fixes
Great app...desperately needs maintenance.
I love the format and the possibilities for development. This is a wonderful resource. However, at the price, one should expect a measure of attention to broken links and a bit more than the generic wiki's to some of the topics. The time line is accurate also, but there are many interesting and influential artist, leaders, and personalities missing in this app.
Educators will fly to this app with some more development...even in-app purchases of expansion packages for the purposes of use in the classroom. A suggestion, get in with the Ken Burns series and book and include that info in a later expansion. I wish that series was available in this interactive format.
Huge potential- wasted!
This app is so promising in it's idea, concept and layout. But it's implementation is so disappointing.
The subject of Jazz is perfect for a multimedia presentation, but it seems like the people who put this together know little about jazz. How else can one explain the glaring omissions, confounding categories and ridiculous errors?
Why not team up with some knowledgeable jazz authors or even writers "The All Music Guide" so that "essential albums" have meaning, not just a list if what's available on iTunes?
Having said all that, there is still some good content here, especially the videos, and the timeline idea is enough to make it worth the ten bucks.
Five stars for concept, one star for implementation.
Solid, polished app
As a font of information pertaining to the deep and hidden mysteries of jazz, this app would fail. Anything would, that's part of the point of jazz. As a solid tool to introduce people to the growth and history of jazz and encourage them to seek more information, it works and works well. It's well-presented, and well enough curated that most all of the most influential performers and composers are hit. Is it a little expensive, given that all the information and videos are freely accessible online? Sure. Other than that, I have no complaints.
- Category: Music
- Updated: Dec 04, 2011
- Version: 2.1
- Size: 81.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: 955 Dreams Inc.
- © 2011 955 Dreams Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.