Now on iPhone: FMOD, Leading Game Sound Engine … and an RjDj Sprint in Berlin

FMOD is a wildly popular sound engine for games, used widely in games for PCs, consoles, and portables alike. FMOD is known for being on the bleeding edge as far as capabilities, but even given that, it’s a pleasant surprise that the engine has now made its way to the iPhone and iPod touch. It’s got some impressive capabilities going for it, too: Mic input 3D audio DSP effects Compressed samples, MOD, and MIDI And, in good news for indie studios, it’ll cost just US$500 per title to license. Of course, you can add this to Pure Data (Pd), which …

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RjDj Updates: Compatibility, Reliability Info

The creators of interactive iPhone music app RjDj have posted a quick update on their blog answering a number of questions readers have raised here. The easiest fix: if you can’t hear RjDj’s output, you need to use the official Apple headset and mic. Tougher, but in the works: iPod touch support, and a fix for the nasty crash bug. Don’t tell us here on comments; go straight to their bug tracker and help them squash the problem. (One reader here thinks the issue may be downloading over-the-air rather than via iTunes sync.) Some people were trying to install RjDj …

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Exclusive RjDj Interview: Interactive Music Listening, Everywhere You Go

It’s something we take for granted: listen to a track, and it starts at the beginning and goes to the end in a fixed length of time. Wonderful things can be done with music that way, and it’s the traditional model of composition and recording. But the equally old, if not older, tradition of improvisation suggests that music doesn’t always have to be linear. It can be specific to a place, a time, a mood. Now that the technologies that power music creation can fit on a standard mobile device, listeners could have music that’s as pliable when they listen …

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RjDj, Responsive, Interactive Music on iPhone, Now Available: Free – $3

A new generation of mobile devices is changing the way we hear music. Now we can say that, and not just be speculating are talking theory. The apps are here. Brian Eno had released a generative music album as computer software in the 90s. But this week, that idea hit a bigger audience when we saw his app Bloom, created with Peter Shilvers, running on any iPod touch or iPhone. Tap your ‘Pod, and you can add your own patterns, then let them “evolve.” (No more putting Music for Airports on repeat!) RjDj goes one step further. Instead of just …

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