"We're using today's mobile technology to realize Glenn Gould's vision and engage a whole new generation" Shaun Elder, Creator, Piano Invention
(PRWEB) September 19, 2012
A new music app brings an idea Glenn Gould had in 1969 to life on technology created by one of his biggest fans, Steve Jobs. Piano Invention - technology inspired by Glenn Gould - has just been released in the iTunes App Store.
The free iPhone/iPad app lets users play and create music intuitively by tapping and swiping objects in an engaging illustration. A recording tool lets them build up pieces in layers. They can share their music with friends and family on social media.
Gould shared his vision in a 1969 CBC interview: “I think we’re going to make kits, and I think we’re going to send out these kits to listeners, perhaps to viewers also, as videotape cartridge gets into the act, as I think it will, and we’re going to say, ‘Do it yourself. Take the assembled components and make of those components something that you genuinely appreciate’”.
The free iPhone/iPad app PIano Invention includes two songs/scenes: Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and Bach’s Prelude in C. More songs are available for purchase from within the app.
Students aged 4 to 14 at The Royal Conservatory, Gould's alma mater, test-drove Piano Invention. “The app encourages you to play with sound and gain an awareness of different kinds of musical resources”, says Jennifer Snow, Chief Academic Officer, The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. “There’s a puzzle-like quality that makes you want to find the connections between the elements."
To celebrate Gould, who would have turned 80 on September 25, 2012, Piano Invention invites listeners around the world to create a short piece using the app, and post it to Glenn Gould @80 Online Tribute (from within the app).
The Glenn Gould Estate has authorized Piano Invention to use the tagline “technology inspired by Glenn Gould”.