There’s been lots of App Store news here recently, but this one is extra special to us because Juggleware was so heavily involved in the design as well as the programming of this one (with Communal). It was a lot of fun to work on, and very satisfying to see so many ideas realized.
Being a huge fan of Brian Eno’s “ambient music” and part-time musician and computer music experimenter as well, the Aquarium 2 iPhone app was especially fun for me to work on. We got many great sounds from the guys at Psychic Summit, in particular Morgan Kahli to build a color-wheel ambient music loop mixer. If you have ever played with Brian Eno’s iPhone app Bloom, or enjoyed the calming sounds of a Buddha Machine, you will definitely enjoy playing with this one.
The plasma effect on the mixer screen is a nod to the old-school demo-scene days of folks dating back to the days of Commodore 64s, Amigas and Ataris. Swiping left-to-right changes the color palettes of the sound wheel and the accompanying music, as well as the samples assigned to each wedge in the color wheel.
Of course, as it’s also a companion piece to the “Aquarium 2” Blu-ray disc released by HD Moods, other features include a pictoral dictionary of each fish, organized by tank/chapter, as well as a built-in music player of some of the best tracks from the disc. As a special bonus, we even included an on-screen remote inside the app that connects to your Blu-ray player when the Aquarium disc is connected—so you don’t have to switch between iPhone and remote when you’re enjoying the full experience! Owning the BD disc is not at all required for any of these features, except the remote of course.