A creative music app where things are far from harmonious
While for the serious musician there are plenty of heavy-duty apps available to record, edit and export your latest musical creation, there are also a range of visually creative tools that allow for a much more basic – and colourful – way for people to compose their own masterpiece.
Waviary falls into the latter of these two categories, where upon opening you’re met with a screen containing a grid with six coloured, spinning swirls. Dragging the swirls around the screen creates sounds, with each swirl having a slightly different pitch. You can also select the lock button in the top-right corner to fix the swirls into their current position, allowing you to tap the screen like a keyboard. The sound quality is excellent, and the soothing tones can become rather hypnotic, even if they sound like something from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.
There is also a wealth of features on offer. You can alter the pitch and octave of the swirls, which is represented by a lightening or darkening of the background. There’s a volume control, and in the bottom-right corner a button to select a different tone for the swirls. At the top of the screen you’ll find a clock, allowing you to set a sleep timer. Selecting the button in the bottom-right brings up an extended menu, including a Help option, the chance to save a composition, and the option to turn on the Random Optimiser.
While the features and visuals are a definite plus, sadly there are plenty of issues with the app. On a phone screen it was difficult to select options from the menu, with a delay often creating much confusion. However, when we used the app on the iPad, everything was smoother, and although it still took a while to load, the bigger screen allowed for much easier navigation and enjoyment of this music maker.
A fun and creative music app that works much better on a tablet.
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