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SimTunes (Windows)

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SimTunes is based on "Music Insects", an interactive audio-visual exhibit which was designed and created by Toshio Iwai in 1992. Iwai's original, Music Insects is a very popular permanent exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

SimTunes is an interactive 'painting/music/simulation' game. The user paints colored squares on a virtual grid, where each color maps to a tone in a musical scale. Then the user unleashes four little 'bugz' to roam around on the painted grid. Each bugz has an instrument or vocal style associated with it, and when it walks over one of the squares of light it 'plays' its sound at that tone. The user can control the scale, the instruments, and the speed and direction of the bugz, creating an interactive musical experience.


SimTunes Windows This is the actual game and rather than paint a tune the play/compose area has been filled with stamps. The randomness of the notes doesn't seem to matter some how.
SimTunes Windows The'X' tiles cause the bugz to reverse direction while the 'L' and 'R' cause them to turn left and right
SimTunes Windows An example from the gallery. Here it's being viewed in 'Watch' mode. The bugz crawl up & down the edges playing a recognisable tune, that I can't name. Think of the edges as a colourful pianola roll.
SimTunes Windows This is the main menu. The Gallery can be accessed from inside the play screen. The tutorial is excellent and explains all the basic tools very well

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Starhawk (31) added SimTunes (Windows) on Jun 04, 2006