Transform your cellphone into a musical instrument
Malmö/Bogotá 19 February 2007 - Swedish design duo Unsworn are currently in Bogotá, Colombia doing a sneak-peak presentation of their new Ophonine Pophorn software. The Ophonine is the first in an upcoming series of applications that transform your cellphone into various musical instruments. With the Ophonine you can record and play sound loops with a simple press of a button.
Thursday 22 February you are welcome to try the Ophonines at Museo de Artes at Universidad Nacional in Bogotá from 5 pm to 9 pm. Jam with your friends or strange loopaholics!
”The mobile is not just a phone – it’s a powerful and very portable multimedia computer. By downloading a piece of software to your phone everyone could be walking around with a set of musical instruments in their pocket!” says Unsworn representative Erik Sandelin. ”Unsworn don’t see people as passive consumers but as active creators or protagonists who put a lot of effort into making personal technologies truly personal. The future of mobile audio is not just about downloading ringtones – but in creating your own music, actively remixing the world you live in.”
The Ophonine Pophorn is based on Unsworn’s interactive sound art installation, the Four Ophones, which has been touring the world the last years: from galleries in Tokyo and Paris to Central Park in New York and the Ars Electronica festival in Austria.
The Pophorn event is part of the Bogotrax festival, an independent laboratorio urbano featuring ten days of free electronic music parties, VJ-spectacles and conferences on electronic culture. After Bogotrax Unsworn will continue it’s Colombian Pophorn Tour with events in Medellin, as part of the Pixelazo festival there.
The Ophonine Pophorn software run on most new mobile phones and will be available for free download from www.pophorn.net in late September 2007.
The Colombian Pophorn event is kindly supported by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and the Swedish Art’s Council, IASPIS.
UNSWORN is Erik Sandelin and Magnus Torstensson – interaction designers based in Malmö, Sweden, and at www.unsworn.org. Unsworn designs personal technologies and social action spaces.