24hr music app for the iPhone

24 Hours: The Starck Mix" iPhone app

My favourite iPhone apps are always the ones that make me reconsider something that I used to take for granted on screen or allows a shift in perception. The 24 HOURS: THE STARCK MIX iPhone app does just that in terms of how music is streamed, navigated and experienced. There’s only one display that shows the current time. Taking that time as a cue it streams in music that was “selected, arranged, composed and mixed by Soundwalk for Philippe Starck.” If you shake the app it shuffles the time and new music plays. And while some people might consider the way to manually change the time to be a bit of a pain, by placing a finger below the time and moving it upwards the hours, minutes or seconds can be advanced—though sometimes the time goes up, other times it goes down. They’ve made it difficult to get to a precise moment of a persons choosing. It’s a little strange but as part of the overall experience I love it. There’s a lot of metaphors that a person could read into with the idea of time + music, but it’s better to just listen and experience it.

Don’t have an iPhone? You can hear it on screen at http://radio.soundwalk.com/ though I think it’s cheating to experience it like that…

I woke up pretty early this morning and took some notes about something I heard from each hour. A lot of my descriptions are somewhat ambient, but intermixed there’s gems—Sir Mix a Lot, Sinatra vs. Presley and my favourite hour so far is 21:00:00…

04:10:23 Ambient with long sounds, hearing birds and waves…

05:26:14 Fast ambient, rocks rubbing against each other…

06:36:05 Piano…

07:13:32 Slightly digital, kids chatting the background…

08:40:01 Upbeat mellow…

09:03:10 Xylophone trying to say something…

10:15:53 Someone speaking french as the song transitions…

11:11:11 In the airport lounge heading somewhere good…

12:37:02 Talking about skills in a down tempo way…

13:24:01 Not quite digital bagpipes, almost acid jazz…

14:38:45 Mellow upbeat walking in a cave with a beach near by…

15:50:12 Beeps, français and echos…

16:41:50 Horn, guitar and drums…

17:50:56 A couple songs fighting with each other, Sinatra vs Presley

18:02:09 Video game stuck in a telephone pinball game

19:10:06 Time to get things moving stuck on repeat

20:22:20 Blobby bubbles

21:26:50 Sounds like someone I’d want to have coffee with

22:37:09 Video game building music

23:58:55 Mono beats with a hint of bleep

00:02:18 Uptempo person ready to move

01:29:14 It’s not an organ but…

02:39:26 Slowing down in the fields…

03:26:53 Underwater?

04:10:23 Ambient with long sounds, hearing birds and waves

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  • Francisco*

    I like this one too. Not just the app… the music too.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    Agreed—the music is great.