By Jim Karpen updated on 05/15/2009
When I first heard of Ocarina, I thought it was novel — using the iPhone as a wind instrument — but I didn't imagine it would catch on. It is, after all, a time-consuming affair to learn to play a new musical instrument. But it's become a top-selling application. And now the makers of Ocarina are offering a $10,000 competition that will award prizes to the top 10 performers, based on YouTube ratings and reviews of performance videos.
Smule’s contest is hoping to showcase some truly great performances, as well as discover some extremely creative and possibly wacky demonstrations of the Ocarina's expressive nature. The contest ends on Friday, January 9 and contest winners will be announced on Saturday, January 10.
Smule says that they'll soon be release a major update to Ocarina, designed to allow users to not only play expressive music, but also have the ability to record their performances and share their music with anyone. You'll be able to record personal libraries of your music, and Smule will host your personal libraries, allowing you to link to your own music from your favorite pages. You'll be able to share your recordings with non-Ocarina users and even non-iPhone users via e-mail.