What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scape is an innovative app that makes ambient music by combining shapes, colors, textures, and backgrounds into a visual palette. Each shape contains musical elements designed to behave differently depending on where and when they're used. The result is a sonic "scape" of ambient music based on the scene you've created. Scapes can be saved to an in-app gallery, combined in a playlist, and shared by email. Scapes can also play in the background of other apps. It's a mesmerizing and meditative listening experience (for iPad users only) made even better with headphones or external speakers.
What kids can learn
- improvising and music analysis
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- making new creations
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Captivating, interactive music creation tool fills senses with ambience and peace. Have fun layering Scape's ethereal sights and sounds while listening to unique creations. Scapes can be compiled into a playlist and shared, too.
Create unique ambient music by combining elements onto a blank palette. Kids can also learn some basic music and visual arts composition skills such as form, symmetry, mood, and generative composition.
Text-based in-app introduction guides kids through creating a Scape. You can share Scapes by email with the "Share" button. The app can also suggest ideas when creating Scapes.
What's it about?
SCAPE is a music creation tool by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers (Bloom HD) that generates music from shapes, colors, and textures. Scape's musical elements react to one another and change mood together to make endless combinations of sonic scenes. Scapes can be saved to an in-app gallery, combined into a playlist, or shared with other Scape users by email. Eno and Chilvers, themselves well-known composers of ambient and generative music, provide 15 original scapes that play as an ambient album within this app.
Is it any good?
Scape is a captivating music tool that lets you explore relationships between visual and sonic elements by creating sound pictures that are a meditative, tranquil listening experience. Unlike the thumping beats, tinny sounds, and blaring lights of many other music generating apps, Scape fills your senses with space and peace and welcomes you to breathe.
Kids can have fun layering Scape's ethereal sights and sounds and listening to their creations while doing focused play (puzzles, drawing, looking at books) or while relaxing. Parents can enjoy Scape for creativity and escape. Imagine a nap, reading a book, doing yoga, to your own original soundscapes … ah. Plug this gem into your docking station, press the play button, and see where it'll take you.
Families can talk about...
Play different kinds of instrumental music with your family. Classical, soundtrack, electronic, and ambient music are good options.
Talk about some elements of music like melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and form. How can you hear and see these in a Scape creation?