Inception, the quintessentially cool "augmented sound" iPhone app based on the Oscar-nominated movie and soundtrack of the same name, just reached 3 million total downloads. That's an impressive milestone for such an esoteric app, which merges the sounds of the world around you with hypnotically throbbing samples from Hans Zimmer's soundtrack. (Or as the co-developer puts it: "The app induces 'dreams' which are essentially a context aware augmented sound layer over reality. They are unlockable with events and activities in your life.") Even more impressive for New World Notes readers: That developer is Robert Thomas, known in Second Life as Dizzy Banjo, a UK musician whose innovative SL projects helped connect him to RjDj, the app's maker.
"It was really amazing to work on this project," Dizzy tells me. "The story and general tone of Inception, as well as Hans' great music, is perhaps the perfect setting for an augmented sound project. All of the people involved in this project have been really great to work with on it. Obviously it was a great honor to work with Chris Nolan and Hans Zimmer, and working with RjDj's Michael Breidenbrücker is always great. I'm very proud to be part of such a great team at RjDj."
Dizzy tells me he sees parallels to his work on this project, and in creating audio projects for virtual worlds. Get Dizzy Banjo's duly fascinating thoughts on the future of reactive, augmented/virtual world music after the break: