Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app nominated for award

Cause for app-lause?

A Touchpress music app is shortlisted for the prestigious RPS Music Awards 2015

Breaking news! One of Touchpress’s classical music apps has been nominated for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society award.

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, an app we developed last year with the London Sinfonietta and Queen Mary University of London, has been shortlisted in the Audiences and Engagement category of the RPS Music Awards 2015. Needless to say, we’re very chuffed.

Steve Reich's Clapping Music app by Touchpress and the London Sinfonietta

It’s not the first time our apps have been recognised by the RPS. In 2013, Touchpress won the RPS Music Award for Creative Communication for three other classical music apps – The Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and The Liszt Sonata.

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music is a little bit different. Developed in collaboration with musicians at the London Sinfonietta, the app is a game that aims to improve players’ rhythm skills by challenging them to play– you guessed it– Steve Reich’s Clapping Music. This 1972 work is usually performed by two musicians who clap in a recurring yet constantly shifting pattern. In the app version, players ‘clap’ by tapping their device screen in time with a visualisation of the shifting beat patterns.

The app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since its release in July 2015. In August last year, a user with a high score of 28,491 won the opportunity to perform the work live on stage with a London Sinfonietta percussionist. Could you have done the same? Download the app to find out.

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music was also part of a research project at Queen Mary University of London which aimed to find out whether gaming could help people learn musical skills – and whether this in turn could lead to more engagement with the arts. The QMUL team are now recruiting for a new study which will see the app tested by 11 to 16-year-olds.

Touchpress’s fellow nominees in the Audiences and Engagements category of the RPS Music Awards 2015 are Multi-Story, a project that puts on orchestral performances in unusual spaces including a Peckham carpark, and Birmingham Opera Company’s community-oriented production of Tippett’s The Ice Break, which was live-streamed worldwide in 2015.

A full list of shortlisted nominees in all categories is available from the RPS Music Awards website. Winners will be announced on 10 May  good luck to all!

Download Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app free from the App Store now!
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