A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
Is it any good?
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.
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