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Before you finish watching or listening to this video, you’re going to download this App. I can almost guarantee it. This is likely the coolest and most addictive app I’ve ever come across. RjDj is a music application for the Iphone. It uses sensory input to generate and control the music you are listening to.

RjDj is mainly listened to with headphones. Think of it as the next generation of walkman or mp3 player. The listening experience of RjDj is similar to the effects of drugs. Drugs affect our sensory perception, so does RjDj. RjDj is a digital drug which causes mind twisting hearing sensation.

RjDj is promoting a music genre that we call “reactive”. The sound that listeners hear is produced by digital devices in the very moment it is listened to. Composers of reactive music often make heavy use of sensory input, which makes the environment of the listener part of the music that is heard. Compositions are called “Scenes”. Scenes have a different musical structure than traditional compositions and they often have no clear beginning and end. Some scenes promote active listener involvement and others promote passive listening. In any case, when listening to RjDj, take care and enjoy your mind twisting hearing sensations.

The interface of the RjDj application is very much like the ipod application. It features an RjDj Player, an RjDj scene browser and a browser of your recordings. The RjDj player plays back RjDj scenes. We have currently bundled a number of scenes from different artists with RjDj. Scenes define what you hear. The difference to an mp3 player is that RjDj uses sensory input of the iphone to control or generate the music you hear through the headphones (Attention, currently only playing through headsets with headphones and microphone). Some scenes react on sound input and others on accelerometer data and some on both. This means that what you hear sounds different wherever you are listening to it and whatever you do. A scene is only defining the behavior of the composition not necessarily what you hear. That is why we also built you a recorder. Using the recorder you can record what you hear and save it. So if you have one of those mind twisting hearing sensations, record it and listen to it over and over again.

This is one seriously impressive app. Try the free version if you want… but I’m telling you, spend the $3.00 and have fun. Hand your headphones to a friend and have them talk while running one of the scenes. They’ll freak out. Doesn’t that make it worth the money?! You can record what you create to play back later, or upload and share what you’ve done!


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