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Chris Carlson releases Borderlands Granular App for iPad

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Chris Carlson has released Borderlands, a new granular musical instrument for the iPad.

Explore, touch, and transform sound with this new interface for granular synthesis, a technique that involves the superposition of small fragments of sound, or grains, to create complex, evolving timbres and textures.

Borderlands emphasizes gestural interaction over knobs and sliders. Create, drag, and throw pulsing collections of grains over a landscape of audio files, or use the built-in accelerometer to sculpt sound with gravity. Record, save, and share performances via SoundCloud.

Borderlands comes ready to play with default sample content included, but you can load your own sounds too.

The app is available to purchase for $3.99 USD.

More information: Borderlands

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Borderlands audiovisual granular synth instrument by Chris Carlson

Chris Carlson is working on an iPad version of Borderlands, an interactive granular sampler instrument.


Demo video for the soon-to-be-released interactive granular sampler: Borderlands

This project is a mobile version of an audiovisual granular synthesis instrument that I built as my final project for Music 256a at CCRMA. The inspiration behind the original version along with early concept sketches and design details are presented here .

While the laptop version provides a large canvas and a great deal of RAM for audio files, the iPad’s multitouch capabilities offer a much richer interactive experience. I extended the instrument to take advantage of these resources and added a social/networking component to allow users to share their “scenes” and download the work of others.

Chris aims to have Borderlands for iPad available through the App Store by late spring 2012.

More information: Chris Carlson / Borderlands

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