This week, British trip-hop band Massive Attack released an iOS app with new tunes and personal remixes.
The app, dubbed Fantom, contains four new Massive Attack tracks from the upcoming EP that can be manipulated in a variety of ways. Rather than using mixers and faders to create your remixes, Fantom uses the time of day, your device’s camera, and even your heartbeat if paired with an Apple Watch. You can also wave your device around to trigger changes. Notifications from Twitter will also trigger mix events. If you like any of your remixes, you can share them, along with a 15 second video clip, to social networks. Flailing your phone around in the air seems to produce the most dramatic effects, but altering the lighting conditions can also make the remixes interesting. Fantom is compatible with iPhone 5s or more recent models, though not the iPhone 5c, and requires iOS 8.3 or later.
Massive Attack's Robert del Naja was one of the app’s developers. In a statement to Motherboard, he said the idea for Fantom came about while considering remixing tracks for release. "Why would we put a premixed album out when there’s algorithms that'll mix this for you?" he said. "I keep thinking about what we could do next," he added, "for example, if you aggregated the personal data of everyone at a concert who had the app then you might be able to remix the music we’re playing in real-time. So you could create a sort of group sensory experience." For now, Fantom is available on the App Store.
Photo: © iStock.