Following Björk and Simian’s ventures into the app world comes Ecclesia, the iPad’s first full album
We’ve had Biophilia, Bjork’s last album that came with a series of accompanying Apple apps. We’ve had the new Simian Mobile Disco album, which has its own accompanying player app. But now, it seems, we have the first album dedicated solely to iPad use.
Ecclesia is an interactive app album created by Forss, one of the founders of music hosting / sharing giants Soundcloud, in collaboration with Untouch FM and designer Leonhard Lass. The concept behind it is that listeners can interact with both the artwork and the music, with every experience of the album, in theory, unique (we suppose, like this was, but more interactive).
Musically, Ecclesia is made up of a series of church recordings, with strings, choirs, organs, ambience and more split into seperate stems. Interacting with these, at the user’s fingertips, is percussion, recorded from metal, wooden and stone objects. As the blurb for the app claims, “Made at the dawn of a new post-religious age Ecclesia presents a fascinating dichotomy – on one hand, church music is some of the oldest in Europe, while the form Forss takes – electronica with fully integrated apps – couldn’t be more contemporary and cutting edge.”
So, a genuinely interesting new way to experience music, or a load of Forss-shit? (Sorry). Ecclesia will set you back a mere $4, so it hardly costs you an arm and a leg to find out. You can download it here – be warned though, it’s only recommended for iPad 2 usage.