AffinityBlue has just released their award winning music applications to BlackBerry PlayBook. NodeBeat is a visual and musical joyride that stimulates both sound and sight. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
NodeBeat boasts compatibility with people of all ages! “The intuitive and fun visual music app for all ages. Whether your 2 or 92, NodeBeat will make you sound like a pro.” - nodebeat.com
° Friendly, Intuitive and Easy to Use
° Record and Save Creations
° Drum and Octave Generators
° Preset Layouts to Help Get You Started
° Sleep Timer for Falling Asleep to NodeBeat
Audio and Rhythm
° 20 Musical Scales
° All 12 Musical Keys Signatures
° 7 Octave Range
° Multitouch Background Keyboard/Piano
° Audio WaveformAdjustment (Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square)
° Creative Sound Sculpting (Echo, Attack, Decay, Release)
° Adjustable Tempo (BPM) and Note Beat
I remember seeing some tweets retweeted by friends over Twitter the last couple weeks, mentioning NodeBeat. So I quickly found their Twitter account (here) and made sure to follow.
NodeBeat is created by Seth Sandler, Justin Windle & Laurence Muller. It’s a visual music creation application for everyone who picks it up. Generators pulse and play Notes within proximity. A Note is played in sequence based on the distance it is from it’s connected Generator.
You have an Octave Generator, a Beat Generator and a Note all within the Node Panel. These can be drug from the Node Panel at the top of the screen. Double tap nodes to start & stop them. Drag them off the screen to get rid of them.
From jump street you choose whether you are going to ‘Create’ your own music parade, or ‘Listen’ to a pre-generated music-fest. Either way you can always play and add to the ‘Listen’ mode just as if it were your own creation. Once everything is laid out I’ve noticed the app has no boundaries. You can literally tweak everything on the screen at the same time with the PlayBook. I put 10 fingers down and 10 fingers were making something happen. It’s like feeling the music with your fingertips. Very cool.
Basically if you can think of something to tweak, NodeBeat lets you do just that. Music Appreciation wasn’t my best class in college, but I did love and enjoy every minute of it. If students and teachers were engaging with NodeBeat I bet I’d have walked out of there grinning everyday.
Now that I’ve been tripping out on NodeBeat for a couple hours I’ve begun to leave it jamming in the background while I play games, tweet or blog. It’s soothing and full of warm energy. Currently they’re asking just $0.99 for the app. Not too bad in my opinion. I did notice a couple little bugs. Which I’m sure they’ll fix if they haven’t already. One being the keyboard pops up if you swipe from to bottom left corner. Like I said no big deal, this is still an incredible experience unlike anything I’ve seen on the PlayBook before. Go check it out for yourself. Also check out nodebeat.com/ for all the ins & outs as well as versions for other platforms.