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Wanted: Pulsate, an iPhone App That Makes Soul Soothing Music [Video]

Andre Michelle's simple iPhone app is the geek version of a meditation aid. Just touch twice and relax.

I don't know about you, but I'm up to my ears in deadlines this week. I don't meditate, and I can't afford a masseuse. Instead, I soothe the savage beast with Pulsate, a so-simple-it's-genius iPhone app that turns a few taps on the touchscreen into an infinite loop of ambient tunes (with calming geometric visuals to boot). It's like aural Xanax.

Designer and former DJ Andre Michelle works a day job as Chief Technology Officer at Audiotool.com, and created Pulsate on a whim -- although he told Co.Design that he now uses it regularly to calm his jangled nerves. He started with a simple Flash version that runs in a browser (yes, Pulsate is available to non-iFanboys too!), then spent a few days porting it to the iTunes Store.

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Michelle's design process was as stripped-down and intuitive as the app itself. "I do not make sketches," he told Co.Design. "I like thin strokes and orange, done." The audio comes from a sine wave: a simple mathematical representation of a pure tone. "Sine-waves are so fundamental -- they are like black and white photography," says Michelle. The iPhone app offers a hosts of ways to adjust the audio, so you can make Pulsate sound like gentle digital raindrops (my favorite) or something a bit more caffeinated.

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Michelle is updating versions of Pulsate for the iPad and Android, but I hope he makes one for the new Mac App Store, too -- this is the kind of application I'd love to have running in the background on my laptop.

[Read more at Andre Michelle's site, and download it from the iTunes Store]

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  • James Martin

    Lovely app, but it's broken in iOS 5. Audio still works, as do the settings, but you can't see the circles. The developer is aware and says he will eventually fix it. 

  • Fortelegy

    Coming from using synthesizers, this pretty interesting, (but nothing new) being able to to choose between sine, triangle, and saw waves with envelop controls.  Looks time synced as well.  

    I feel it would get way too repetitive though and would just rather listen to some Brian Eno.  It could benefit from more randomization features.