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Soundsnips, a free iPhone app featuring the Open Goldberg Variations

on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 20:33

An exciting early Christmas present just arrived by email. A new free iPhone app called Soundsnips has been created by KUSC, a public radio station in southern California, and it features the Open Goldberg Variations by Kimiko Ishizaka. Classical KUSC claims to be "the largest and most listened to public radio and non-profit classical music station in the country", so this is a big deal for Open Goldberg.

The app is designed to educate people about music from different eras such as the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern. It displays interesting facts and stories to read while the music is playing. It's quite fun and I instantly listened to several variations while reading the entertaining texts as they came along.

Also featured in the app are pieces by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Part, Ravel, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Holst.

Carly Gillis, Interactive Content Lead from KUSC wrote to me to tell me about the app, and to say "We are such supporters of your project and it was our honor to use your recordings!" Thanks, Carly, and to the team at KUSC. We're proud to have been included in the app. It's a testament to the power of "Open Source Bach" that new and exciting projects are appearing featuring the Open Goldberg Variations recording.