“Zones” è un semplice, armonico sintetizzatore granulare per iPhone con cui creare rilassanti soundscape musicali e melodie effimere al tocco di un dito.


Scaricata l’applicazione, è sufficiente toccare lo schermo del vostro iPhone ottenendo dei crani musicali, spostarli con un dito per farli interagire fra loro, toccarli due volte per rimuoverli dalla vostra melodia.

Per asoltare al meglio i soundscape musicali di Zones, è consigliato l’uso delle cuffie.


Zones è gratuitamente scaricabile su Apple Store a questo link.


Zones uses the technique called granular synthesis to create the sounds you can hear and interact with while using the application. In granular sythesis very small and short synthesized sounds (called grains) are used interactively to be combined multiple times, thus forming sound textures that can turn out to be very complex.

In zones, short realtime synthesized notes are used to generate the sounds.

Touching the screen once in an empty spot creates the grains. Moving them around by dragging them makes grains interact. When grains interact, the parameters in their musical algorithms change: the closer two grains are, the bigger and more intense the change. Grains also interact automatically with each other, by trying to create balanced distributions on the screen. This automatic, generative, search for equilibrium is possibly the most important factor creating the harmonic sounds in zones.

You will see the grains move by themselves, in response to their surroundings, trying to collaborate with each other in the creation of that which might be seen as a musical ecosystem, or force field.

You can download Zone’s source code here at this link.


Zones is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License and the full sourcecode is available. Please respect the license if you happen to use the software and/or the source code.


Salvatore Iaconesi