Soundscape 2 ($0.99) by David De Candia is a visualizer app with nine different modes of psychedelic display. It will randomly play songs from your iDevice’s music library (the music has to be actually on the device, no iCloud trickery).
This is a step up from the developer’s previous app, Soundscape. The main difference between this version and the first one is the addition of a user interface.
Swipe right to select your next song, left to pause it, up to change the shuffle mode, and down to change display modes.
The faster and more intense the beat, the more you’re in for a light show. You’ll have to play around with which modes work best with your genres of music. I found that slow and mellow songs work best with mode one.
A number in the top right of the screen shows which mode you’re in.
Playing the app through AirPlay to an AppleTV is a real treat. The Retina supported graphics look just as crisp on the television as they do on the iDevice.
There are a couple of caveats to this app. As the developer warns, those prone to photosensitive epilepsy should avoid buying this. I’ve also tried this app on my first generation iPad and iPhone 4S and can attest that having a newer device definitely makes a difference in regards to performance.
Selecting a song is not as easy as it could be. With no way to browse through your library, you’re left to the app’s whim. However, if you find an artist you like, you can stick around by shuffling only songs by them.
This is a very cool way to listen to your favorite tunes, whether you’re watching it directly or just playing it in the background as you work. And even better, you may just be able to get it for free!
GIVEAWAY: We have two codes for Soundscape 2 to giveaway to readers! Simply sign in to Disqus and leave a comment on this post about what your favorite musical genre is by Thursday April 26, 4 p.m. EST. We’ll pick the winners randomly. Good luck!