The Three Coolest Music Experimentation Apps for iPad

The Three Coolest Music Experimentation Apps for iPad

Laura E. Hall
Jul 6, 2011

Tablets like the iPad have opened the door for some really interesting tactile music generation apps, in which the gentlest finger movement can add a whole new dimension to a tune of your own creation. Here are three of ours favorites; check them out, and share your own favs in the comments.

Falling Stars

Created as a promo for Trident Vitality Gum, Falling Stars (free) is getting rave reviews on iTunes, and for good reason - a simple swipe of the finger adds new branches from an intuitive menu, which catch and repel water droplets, creating beats and music. So easy to use, it doesn't need instructions marring its lovely graphics.

See it in action:

Magic Piano

Magic Piano ($2.99) is as much of a game as it is an interesting piano visualization tool. Play tunes from the library on lit-up dots with your fingertips, or on one of the several keyboards (including that neat spiral shape).

Try the free version for iPhone before deciding if you want the paid iPad version, as it has different songs and finger actions.

See it in action:

NodeBeat iOS Music Sequencer

NodeBeat iOS Music Sequencer ($.99) bills itself as being toy-like, and its colorful networks of "nodes" are certainly very playful. Create ambient music with the touch of a finger by adding spheres to nodes and adjusting their settings, including note and octave count, as well as speed and gravity.

See it in action:

There are more cool music apps out there - what are your favorites?

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