ROLI Releases NOISE, a Free App That Turns the iPhone Into a Musical Instrument
Music creation startup ROLI has released its brand new NOISE app, available for free in the App Store. The new app is the culmination of years-long research by ROLI into touch-sensitive musical interfaces, and the company calls it the “most full-bodied instrument to ever hit the glass surface on an iPhone.”
There are numerous apps that are available for music creation purposes, but ROLI explained that they’ve lacked in terms of the depth of expression of acoustic instruments. NOISE changes that, the company said, by turning the iPhone screen into a continuous sonic surface that responds to subtle gestures. And taking advantage of the new 3D Touch technology available on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, users can “shape sound” through Strike, Press, Glide, Slide, and Lift—the “Five Dimensions of Touch” that users have experienced through ROLI’s Seaboard RISE.
“On September 9 we launched the Seaboard RISE, the world's first truly accessible multidimensional controller,” Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, said in a statement. “At the very same time Apple launched the iPhone 6s featuring 3D Touch. or the past 12 weeks we’ve applied our years of research into multidimensional touch and sound to produce NOISE, an app that transforms the iPhone into a bonafide musical instrument.”