April 27, 2010 | Andy Boxall
An intriguing iPhone-based musical project has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 New Music Award, awarded by the PRS for Music Foundation, which gives a prize of £50,000 to the most ground-breaking, innovative and exciting idea submitted. Of the five shortlisted entries is SATSYMPH, a collaboration between three UK-based artists.
The idea is as follows: SATSYMPH is be a musical iPhone application which will create a ‘satellite symphony’ by forming music and words based around the movement of the iPhone against satellites orbiting the Earth. SATSYMPH is the brainchild of artist Marc Yeats, poet Ralph Hoyte and developer Phill Phelps.
If their submission wins the grand prize, set to be announced on the 16th September at London’s Serpentine Gallery, then the app will be developed and subsequently released before the end of 2011. It’s not a closed competition either, as the public can go along to the PRS Foundation’s website and vote for their favourite project from the 18th June, when a series of short films will be posted covering each idea.
It just goes to show how much the iPhone and the App Store has inspired creativity!