Create Musical Melodies with Bar Codes

Shopping doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Now you can literally make music with all the products that you buy with a new iPhone app.


This magical little app is created by Leo van der Veen of the Cycling ’74s community. The app allows users to scan 8 or 13 EAN or UPCs and create musical patterns from these codes based on user-chosen harmonic scales. You can speed up or slow down the melody via options and change the scales as well. The app also allows sharing of your favorite barcode with friends on Facebook. You might even be able to create a nice song from the various melodies. Aside from being able to change to different harmonic scales, the app also allows you to speed up the rhythm of the patterns. One minute you can be listening to a nice sonata, the next you can be at a club. Ok, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea.

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While not the best app around, it’s certainly worth a try and could make doing the grocery shopping a lot more fun. A bag of baby carrots might just be the melody that makes your day, who knows?  Not sure if it’s worth it for the $0.99 but if you’re an aspiring musician, it might give you a couple ideas on some chords or melodies. Or it might just be an interesting way to think about your groceries. Either way it seems like an app that might be entertaining for a little while and then get deleted a month later. Still for less than $1, it might be a fun purchase. The app is Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.


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Via: Creative Applications