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BirdsNest App Demo

Martin, Charles

This video shows a demo of BirdsNest, a touch-screen musical instrument app for iPad. BirdsNest is an iPad-instrument recalling the forest sounds of a Northern Swedish summer. Performers can tap and swipe in the free-form touch area to make music with bird calls, percussion sounds, and field recordings. GUI switches control autoplay and looping features that add layers of sounds to the user's improvisation.

BirdsNest was originally developed for performances by Ensemble Evolution in November 2013 in Boston and Indianapolis, USA. In this context, the app was used alongside a collection of “found sounds”, branches, toys, and other unconventional instruments, in an ensemble improvisation. The app was revised to interact with Metatone Classifier in 2014 for a performances and formal studies with Ensemble Metatone. The app was first released in the iTunes App Store in early 2014, and a second version was released including design revisions informed by Ensemble Metatone's activities in October 2014.

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