Microcosm: Granular Synthesis Sound Toy
*Updates are on the way. We're going to address the lack-of-sound problem that some users have experienced, and include some fun new features.
Microcosm is a sonic cloud, made of thousands of grains of sound. It works like a snow globe. Move the device in any direction and gravity pulls the particles towards earth, causing the sound to evolve. Shake Microcosm and the sound shatters into pieces. Choose from several included soundscapes.
+ Real-Time Granular Synthesis sound engine.
+ Particle physics engine with color dynamics and accelerometer controls
+ 3D audio positioning – zoom in to hear the sounds up-close, or zoom out to hear them from far away.
+ 3 soundscapes based on high-quality audio samples (more coming soon!)
+ What is Granular Synthesis?
Essentially, Granular Synthesis works by cutting up an audio recording into incredibly small pieces, and then playing these 'microsound' clips in unconventional ways. The result is a soundscape, or cloud.
For more details, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granular_synthesis
+ Who made this?
Microcosm was developed at Apposite Labs, a California based technology company which specializes in experimental user-interface design.
+ Audio Licensing Information
Microcosm includes audio samples from Freesound.org. We would like to thank the original creators and credit their work:
+ Fixed audio glitch
+ Physics engine improvement
+ Optimized memory usage
Ratings and Reviews
Under the spell
Entrancing and meditative interface that responds in kind to the shakiest (or subtlest) change in the phone's orientation; beautiful sounds
My ten yr old son loves it!
He mostly likes shooter games, but he really loves this--I think because it sets up a very elemental and engaging relation between scale and space--(or maybe that's the reason I love it)--Keep going!
Cool app. Music and graphics react with the movement or shaking of the phone and you can change the color and tones. Nice to meditate to! Get it!
- Apposite LLC
- 2.6 MB
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- © 2011 Apposite LLC
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.