Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Demo of "Concertina" for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Concertina is a series of very high quality Anglo Concertinas in multiple keys for the iPhone and iPod Touch (2nd Generation).

Anglo concertinas are very popular for playing traditional Irish jigs and reels.

The Anglo concertina is diatonic, meaning they play a different note for each button depending on whether you are pushing or pulling on the bellows.

To play, simply tip to the left for a bellows push note, or to the right for a bellows pull note, and press a button. The PUSH/PULL display shows which direction the bellows is going.

You may reverse the bellows while pushing a button simply by tipping in the opposite direction.

Multiple buttons may be pressed at the same time to play chords.

Learning mode (touch the '?' icon) shows the note names for each button when pushed or pulled.

Adjust the tilt sensitivity and volume on the settings page.

The button layout is based on a 17-key modified Jeffries style for playing traditional Irish dance tunes in the most common keys.

The graphics are based on my 1860s vintage Lachenal 30-button Anglo.

Uses extremely high-quality audio samples recorded from a high-end Anglo C/G concertina.

Up to 5 buttons may be pressed at the same time to make chords.

Four different keyed versions of the app are available, "Concertina" in C/G, "Concertina Bb/F", "Concertina A/E", and "Concertina G/D".

Available soon for $0.99 each on the iTunes App Store.

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