The iPhone is a great music player, but sometimes it’s more fun to watch something while you’re listening to your music. Graphic designer Lorenzo Bravi has created an amusing app that shows animated faces singing along.
Bla Bla Bla, which Bravi calls a “sound reactive application,” was created as part of a one-day workshop at the design department at IUAV in Venice, Italy and later at the ISIA in Urbino.
The original version was created in a programming language called Processing which is designed for creating animation and graphics, and was ported to iOS in Open Frameworks. You can download the source code yourself to see how the application works.
A video shows the app being used. A variety of abstract, cartoony faces appear to be singing an opera song. The effect is actually quite convincing, even though the design of the faces is rather abstract.
For most of the students at the workshop, it was their first time programming. “The new exercises introduce the use of a programming language as a tool that allows to solve problems,” Bravi said. “It’s not a programming workshop, but a way to use numbers, math and logic, which permits to show objectively how we solve a design problem.”
It’s available on the App Store of course, and anyone who’s fascinated with things like the iTunes visualizer will no doubt eat this up. For a guitar with an LCD visualizer, check out this Walyou post. Another neat musical handheld gadget is The iTab Electronic Songbook.