Musical DNA iPhone app pitch perfect

May 3, 2010
Music

I love music, but for all of my appreciation, I’ve never possessed the dedication to learn how to play an instrument. That makes me a less-than-ideal candidate to review an iPhone app based around music creation. But a large part of For those of us without the music theory background, Musical DNA is still a lot of […]

I love music, but for all of my appreciation, I’ve never possessed the dedication to learn how to play an instrument. That makes me a less-than-ideal candidate to review an iPhone app based around music creation. But a large part of For those of us without the music theory background, Musical DNA is still a lot of fun. It may be beyond me to create a “song” so soon after getting my hands on the app, but creating interesting-sounding note patterns seemed almost easy, and the discovery of chords that sounded good together felt very organic and enjoyable. Musical DNA more or less gives you tools to create, instructions on how to use them, and then steps back and lets you have fun. 

What’s more, the ability to share recordings through the app could prove to be its biggest selling point. It remains to be seen how many people will latch onto the community, but with adequate support, you could conceivably construct a band out of Musical DNA players.

Praise aside, there are aspects of those instructions that I either didn’t understand or that simply don’t work very well right now. You’re supposed to be able to “save” certain chords or note patterns for easy recall on the surface of the recording station by dragging the chord to a corner of the app, but I’ve been unsuccessful with it, and even layering recordings can be a chore if you don’t read through the tutorial a few times. 

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That said, with a little patience, Musical DNA is a very fun iPhone app to play around with, regardless of whether or not you have a background in music. It manages to bring an entirely new spin on the typical music apps found in the iTunes App Store, and does so with its eye towards music geeks and novices alike.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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