Squeal: iPad App Plays the Human Face Like a Theremin
Just as Smule's ocarina app yields the gentle sounds of a woodwind instrument by simply blowing into an iPhone, Squeal promises to emit theremin-esque noises from the iPad with easy fingerplay. Developed as a collaboration between Hong Kong musician/producer/composer Gaybird Leung and interactive designer Henry Chu, the musical app is a work-in-progress for Henry's ongoing experimental music project Digital Hug.
Inspired by his previously developed iPhone app SoundGyro, Henry set out to create an instrument that would respond to body gestures like a theremin. The current edition of Squeal, as demonstrated in the video below, contains 18 faces with sound effects emitted through the eyes, nose and cheek, in a pitch range of 3 different octaves.
And now for the coolest part: Since the app is still in development—Henry and Gaybird expect to submit Squeal to the AppStore in July—you have a chance to participate. The duo is currently accepting portraits as musical templates. They will launch with 100 faces, and are inviting fans to join their current pool of "designers, artists, athletes, musicians, office ladies, writers, directors"... and yes, even celebs like Homer Simpson, Elmo and Barack Obama.
To submit a portrait, applicants must send in the following: An image of yourself no less than 300 x 300 pixels, along with your name, email, occupation, country of origin, and an agreement to waive any rights/financial benefit. Of course, there's no guarantee you'll be accepted, but the instructions state: "We will delete your image and information if your face is not used. All of your information will be kept securely and will only use for contact only."
More information here.