Users can interact with the app in various ways to modulate the sounds being played
legends Massive Attack have released four brand-new tracks - but
you'll need an iPhone 5s or above to hear them, because for now
they're only available as an iPhone app.
four tracks in question are Dead Editors, Ritual Spirit, Voodoo In My
Blood and Take It There, and they come as part of an iOS app called
Fantom. You'll need an iPhone 5s or above running iOS 8.3 or better
to install it, though the good news is the app's free. Oh, and it's
been co-designed by band member Robert Del Naja, AKA 3D.
it's installed, you can pick a track and then interact with it in
various ways. Playback will be affected by what time of day it is,
moving your phone around appears to be apply some kind of low-pass
filter, while if you've got an Apple Watch the music will also adjust
its tempo to be in sync with your pulse. The app also includes the
ability to create your own videos for the tracks, applying a set of
filters to the picture so that everything looks a bit like the
Mezzanine cover while the app simultaneously records any modulations
you apply to the music as outlined above.
spent an afternoon messing around with Fantom and, while it would be
hard to describe any of the results we achieved with it as
'artistic', we're sure others could do better. Regardless, in an era
of identikit production-line chart pop and sample pack
house-by-numbers, it's good to see this most pioneering of UK
bands continuing to innovate creatively.