Colorful and stimulating app links music and painting.

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Ease of play

Kids "paint" on the screen with their fingers to create loops of music and art. For more sophisticated loops, kids can select different colors, brush strokes, and tempos from a pop-up menu.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Slewpi lets kids create loops of music and visual art by using their fingers to "paint" dabs of color onto the screen that generate their own sounds. For a more sophisticated experience, kids can create loops of music/art that continually reappear by selecting different colors, brush strokes, and tempos from a pop-up menu. The app is best experienced with headphones to hear the full richness of the audio.

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SLEWPI takes a page from Brian Eno's Trope by exploring the connections between sound and visual art, but this particular app gives players more control over the final product. Players can select different brush strokes and paint colors (both of which affect the sound produced), adjust the tempo of the loop, and layer multiple loops over top of each other on the fly via a pop-up menu. The more advanced features of this stimulating app will go over younger kids' heads unless an adult is there to help them, but kids who can navigate the menus themselves should enjoy experimenting with different colors and sounds.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:April 20, 2011
Publisher:Rumi Humphrey
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Parent of a 2 year old Written byreadingrainbow May 10, 2011

fun little music drawing app..

very fun for has music and visual entertainment and keeps my kid playing for a long time..
Parent of a 9 and 12 year old Written byCalderona May 10, 2011


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