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Who would’ve thought that weather-themed audio apps would prove such a hit?
Way back in July last year, we brought you news on Taptanium’s Thunderspace, a stereoscopic 3D soundscape of thundery weather for iOS, from the creators of popular weather app Haze. Similar to Raining.fm, Thunderspace serves up a blustery weather-based audio experience, designed to help you ‘relax’. But Thunderspace really went the extra mile in putting the various soundcapes together – it even introduced ‘real’ wind to the mix too.
Now, the Germany-based app development studio has teamed up once more with Emmy-award winning nature sound recording artist Gordon Hempton, to launch a wind-specific iOS app.
The aptly titled Windy, optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, combines the soothing sounds of winds, recorded in stereoscopic 3D, with motion-controlled 3D parallax scenes, and throws a narrative into the mix as well.
There’s little question Windy has been carefully crafted – she’s a beautiful thing, with some real talented artists and technologists working behind the scenes here. If you’re not a fan of the visual elements and the story, you can of course just switch your screen off, plug in your headphones and drift off into the land of cotton clouds.
In August last year, we reported that Taptanium was betting big on large-budget promo videos for its apps, with the Thunderspace one costing $10,000. You can watch the official demo video for Windy below – however it’s decidedly more understated than its predecessor.
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