Bubble Harp

Developer: Scott Snibbe Studio, Inc.

Current Version: 1.0

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 2.6 MB - Download


"Of the millions of apps out there, none quite capitalize on the sheer fun and beauty of interactivity the way that Scott Snibbe’s do.” --CoolHunting

** #1 Music App in Mac App Store Worldwide ** iTunes Top 10 App of the Year for Art and Music on iOS **

Bubble Harp draws bubbles around your mouse’s strokes, recording and replaying your movements while creating music. It’s a combination of drawing, animation, music, art, geometry, and gaming. You can record long movements of a single point, or stream many points out of your cursor like ink. Through the pop-up control panel at the screen’s bottom, you can change from single points to streams of points, change graphic and sonic parameters, and load and save files. Bubble Harp was first released as a work of interactive art by Scott Sona Snibbe that was only available in galleries and museums. Now it’s available as a Mac application that also makes music.

Rated #1 Music App and Apple's Top Music App in many countries, since its release.

Note: .bhp files created with this app will load on both Mac and iOS versions.

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Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by anon125

Experimental Art + Music! Bubble Harp is the best! - Another great app from Scott Snibbe! I love this one because it allows one to generate a continuous stream of music and visuals which never repeat themselves. So one could literatlly compose a piece, and play with it for hours. The toolbar appears when you move your mouse to the bottom of the screen, which allow you to change the rate of "streaming" lines, erase lines, etc. The music sounds great on the Mac version, perhaps because my speakers are better than on iPhone/iPad. One of the most interesting controls on the toolbar is to change the scale (Pentatontic, Blues, Hungarian, etc). Instantly your composition is changed, and it would be a great way to teach oneself or one's children about music. I think both kids and adults would get something out of this (I have seen babies, children and adults alike using the iPad version). Definitely worth the price!

Found helpful by 12 out of 13 people
Version 1.0
Review by Susanfaery

What's the point? - What more can I say other than what a waste of 2 dollars. It's really too bad you can't try before you buy.

Found helpful by 9 out of 18 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.0
Review by fifteennorth

Pretty fun - I Love this app pecause of all the possibilitys! i just think you could add MORE INSTURMENTS! then there would be even more possibilitys!

Found helpful by 6 out of 8 people
Version 1.0
Review by dave______

Ran it once, was amused. Probably won't again. - I'm torn. On the one hand, I remember programs like this on the original 128K Mac—they were simple, they did something marginally interesting, and I loved them. And I miss apps like that. On the other hand, that was 26 years ago and I don't have quite as much free time as I did when I was 10 years old. I don't expect I'll play around with this again because it doesn't have an obvious logic. I doodle around and make the sounds change, but I don't see the why or how of it. I can't affect it in any predictable fashion, which kind of kills the interactive aspect. Compare that with (e.g.) Soundrop, which has me going for hours, tweaking geometry and exploring different interesting sounds and rhythms. Bubble Harp looks nice, but I haven't found any depth to it yet.

Found helpful by 53 out of 69 people
Version 1.0
Review by Bubble harpist

Mesmerizing combo of geometry and sound - Bubble Harp is a mesmerizing synthesis of geometric patterns and musical tones. At first I wasn't impressed, but after spending a few minutes playing with the controls I began to appreciate the possibilities. This app is a must for anyone with an interest in musical tones and scales. For others, it will be an enjoyable way to spend to a few minutes. Somehow it is very soothing, sort of like meditation or yoga. I'm not aware of anything else like it. Definitely worth the $1.99 price.

Found helpful by 5 out of 6 people
Version 1.0
Review by Bongozito

AWESOME - the Mac App store needed a freestyle music app, and this is it! Geat app!

Found helpful by 5 out of 7 people
Version 1.0
Review by Arcticfire!!

Good But.... - This app is great! But it does need a little more sounds, and maybe more options. Maybe multi-colored lines? Other then a few things that could be added i love it!

Found helpful by 5 out of 7 people