Nuremberg, Germany – Indie developer Bastus Trump announces that the iPad instrument Orphion gets an update with new recording features. If you haven’t heard about it yet: Orphion is a musical instrument with a unique sound between string and percussion. Its interface was developed especially for touch screen and allows very expressive an also virtuosic playing. You can choose between different layouts of tonally tuned pads, which sound differently depending on the finger position when played and can by modulated by further movements. The sound and the way of interaction is a mixture of string and percussion instruments and reaches from soft to plucked to a hard slap. This new version brings recordings and sharing functionality to EMail, SoundCloud or AudioCopy.

The concept of the Orphion resulted from the master thesis of the creator and developer Bastus Trump at UdK Berlin supervised by Robert Henke (aka monolake). The topic was to develop an interface for multitouch screens which allows a maximum of expression. The basic idea behind is a strong link between interface and sound like on every acoustic instrument – when you buy a violin it will always sound like one although you can create thousands of different sounds with it if course. Nevertheless MIDI-Out was added later to allow playing all kinds of synths and own sounds with it. For further updates an editor for own pad layouts is also planed.

* Play polyphonic music very expressively
* Create soundscapes and melodies without musical knowledge
* Visually explore music and music theory
* Different articulations from soft to plucked to hardly slapped
* Natural interaction
* Extended way of expression for a percussionist, guitarist, pianist or other musician
* 14 transposable pad-layouts with different tonalities from easy to complex
* 8 individual voices for 8 fingers (4 on iPad 1)

Device Requirements:
* iOS 5.0 or later
* Compatible with iPad
* 3.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Orphion 1.2 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category.

Orphion 1.2
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Based in Nuremberg, Germany, Bastus Trump is musician, sound designer and sound artist. He is doing interactive sound installations and work for new media like Orphion for the iPad. Copyright (C) 2012 Bastus Trump. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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