Gorgeous Musical iPad Apps – Part 2


Following up on Gorgeous Musical iPad Apps – Part 1, here is Part 2.

I’m a big fan of Melody Street LLC, developers of the app Melody Street HD, which remains one of my all-time favourite interactive storybooks for the iPad.  So here are my reviews of their other two apps (which are free!).

My Musical Friends HD – free for iPad

I’ve actually written these reviews in the order that you should use them.  In My Musical Friends HD, users choose one of five families of instruments from the main menu:  Strings, Woodwind, Pluck, Percussion, and Brass.  Cartoonized and friendly-looking, each instrument has been anthropomorphized with its own name and personality.  If you’re familiar with Melody Street HD, all of the same familiar “faces” reappear.

By choosing individual instrument characters, users are treated to fun facts (the “Did You Know” fact gives you a character fun fact unrelated to the instrument) and a sample of five audio notes.  By clicking on the actual character, the image switches to one of the real instrument, triggering a short (audio) solo.  It’s a great introduction to real instruments and a useful tool to pique interest.  It’s also a wonderful way to precede a trip to see an orchestra in action.

I’m not sure if it’s a bug or a navigational issue, but I really wish that the next and back arrows for individual instrument pages would stay only within the selected instrument family.  For example, after Benson Bass, you get Timmy Trumpet and Barry Bassoon before getting to Vicky Viola, who should technically be next.  But as I’ve said several times before, apps are frequently updated, and by the time you read this, it might not even be an issue anymore.  And especially when the app is free to download, it’s really not a big deal in the first place.

Mozart Interactive – free for iOS

While My Musical Friends HD would be great for kids before the symphony (if they’re that way inclined), Mozart Interactive is a nice in-between app.

Mozart Interactive takes Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca and mixes up the instrumentation so that users can basically play a musical iPad hybrid version of what could be Rock Band DJ Classical and Choose Your Own Adventure – if that makes any sense outside of my head.  Users have a certain amount of time in which they choose one of three musical selections.  The storyline of the hybrid live-action/CG animated “backstage drama” (with amazingly high-production quality) will change according to selections.  Users can then replay, re-edit, and/or share their mix through email, Facebook and Twitter.

After a few runs, it may seem repetitive, but you can actually play with 81 different musical combinations, so it’s worth leaving on your iPad.

Melody Street has a new app coming out, but at the moment, it’s unclear as to when it’ll be released.  But given their track record, it’s likely something really good.

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