SwingSong – Musical Pendulums App Released for iPad

Cupertino, California – TamerZone LLC today is proud to announce the release of SwingSong, a new iPad app that lets users explore the physics of related frequencies with animated musical pendulums. Colorful simulated pendulums play sounds at the ends of each swing. Users “compose” music by arranging pendulums, choosing sounds, and letting their creations swing.

The inspiration for SwingSong is a popular science exhibit known as the “Pendulum Snake” or “Pendulum Waves”. In these exhibits, a dozen or so freely swinging pendulums have carefully chosen lengths so that each pendulum completes a different number of swings in one minute. A single pendulum is admittedly pretty boring, but multiple pendulums with related frequencies can generate surprisingly complex – even beautiful – patterns. SwingSong adds a musical dimension, so users can experience these patterns both visually and aurally.

SwingSong does not require a background in science or music to enjoy. The user adds and positions pendulums by simply tapping and dragging. As the user drags a pendulum, the software highlights lengths that complement other pendulums in the set. SwingSong automatically assigns sounds and colors, but with a few taps the user can customize each pendulum.

Features:
* Simulates up to 12 pendulums simultaneously
* Includes demos to inspire the user’s creativity
* Automatically assigns notes using major, minor, or pentatonic scales
* High-quality samples of real piano and percussion instruments
* Educational info about pendulums and periodic motion

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.1 or later
* 2.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
SwingSong 1.0 is free, with an in-app purchase available to remove ads and enable saving for $0.99 USD (or a comparable amount in other currencies). It is available exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

SwingSong 1.0
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Radiolab article about Pendulum Waves
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Located in Cupertino, CA, TamerZone LLC was founded in 2013. The company provides technical consulting services and develops original software products. (C) 2013 TamerZone LLC / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.