>> Thursday, December 3, 2009
I downloaded what I think is a pretty nifty app for my iPod Touch a few weeks ago, and I have been dying to tell you about it ever since! Carnival Steel Drum by Carnival Village, brings a basic introduction to the tenor pan to your fingertips (Quite literally.) Not only do you get a pretty realistic sense of how to play pan by tapping around on the screen. They also offer a simplistic play along game a la Guitar Hero where the player must repeated tap their finger on lit sections of the pan in order to gain points. The soundtrack is Alison Hinds` "Roll".
The sound is a melodious steelpan synth that's pretty fun to play around with, and not a shabby distraction if you've got little ones who like to play with your gadgets. Not to mention, it makes Caribbean culture cool and accessible by blending Trinidad and Tobago's national instrument with state-of-the-art popular technology.
You know I'm all for culture! Kudos goes out to CarnivalVillage.org.uk for the foresight and the resources spent on being the first to bring pan to the iPhone. What's next? A Wii game? If allyuh do dah one, I hope I get a lil piece of the action ($$$ - in case I was being too vague)
So the best news about Carnival Steel Drum is that it's free!!! Tell your friends on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. Call your little cousin, and that boy from your Philosophy class! I would be ecstatic to see download shoot through the roof. Let's show the iTunes App Store that Caribbean people are proud to support their own!
(Link will open iTunes on your computer, if installed. Alternatively Search "Carnival Steel Drum" in the App Store on your iPhone or Ipod Touch.)
Love and Culture,