Zio - iPhone Game Review (by Glenn Marshall) ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Zio - iPhone Game Review (by Glenn Marshall)

Zio is an interactive, organic art application that was created by artist Glenn Marshall and this application was used to create the visualization for Glenn's collaboration with Peter Gabriel, "The Nest That Sailed The Sky".

Zio - iPhone Game ReviewThe "basic" application is available in the iTunes store for $1.99 and allows you to interact with three preset Zio Worlds. You can drag and rotate the images on the screen and you can "pinch" to zoom-in on the image. Where it gets fun is that you can turn on the audio mic and the images respond to the sounds in your environment. You can also save snapshots of any of the images to the photo library. To switch between worlds, you simply shake your iPhone.

To get full use of this application, you are going to want to upgrade to the Zio Studio (which is available as an in-app purchase for an additional $1.99). The studio offers 60+ editable parameters and five interface screens which gives you total control over your images.

Here is an overview of the Studio feature set:
- Size, shape and growth of branches,
- Particle motion and dynamics,
- Colours, shading and special effects,
- Audio reaction settings for individual graphics,
- Alter the underlying math algorithms,
- Camera tracking and motion,
- Watch Zio react in real time as you make changes,
- 10 user preset slots to save your creations and
- Full visual instruction and built-in help guide.

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