April 1, 2013:Yello launch Yellofier music creation app for iOS

Yello launch Yellofier music creation app for iOS

yellofierIf your last experience of Swiss electronica band Yello was ‘The Race’ in the late 1980s, prepare for a surprise: the band’s Boris Blank has launched an iOS music creation app called Yellofier.

Available as a free download from the App Store, its listing promises that “Yellofier makes anything into music”. The idea being that people can record their voice, instruments or “everyday noises” using their iOS device’s microphone, then turn them into music.

The app itself is a sequencer where you string together coloured blocks (representing samples) into music. Blank himself has provided a number of preloaded samples, with others included from the likes of Carl Craig, The Orb, Orbital and The The, among other artists.

yellofier-2Sounds are “sliced” into eight pieces, which can then be played and combined in the app’s step sequencer. Songs can be shared via email, exported to SoundCloud or transferred to other music apps using the AudioShare standard.

Blank produced the app, working with developer Jonatan Liljedahl and designer Håkan Ullberg. The concept is credited to another music producer, Håkan Lidbo. Electronic Beats, Deutsche Telekom’s music sponsorship programme, is also part of the Yellofier project.

There’s also a SoundCloud competition kicking off alongside the app, inviting people to submit the tracks they create in order to win “a flight to Zurich to spend a day with Boris Blank yellofiering the whole city”.

We’re going to spend some time playing with the app, but if you want to try it in the meantime, here’s the download link.

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Stuart Dredge
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