To many of the attendees at Google I/O 2017, some of the music that played after the keynote address was completed may have seemed like your typical filler. However, it was much more than that as it represented an unveiling of NOISE on Android from ROLI. NOISE is a modular music app that enables the creation of music by anyone who can learn the simple concepts included in the NOISE app itself or via other tools from ROLI like BLOCKS or Seaboard RISE (yes, they like all caps). For the Google I/O event music was provided by PARISI using a Google Pixel, although the app will also run on a Samsung Galaxy S8.
NOISE is already a popular app in the iOS world and now it will be coming to Android. Support will be extremely limited initially as NOISE requires both the most recent version of Android and they have to have support for Pro Audio. Pro Audio is a set of requirements to process audio data in real time. One of the benefits of that is that the glass surface of a mobile device can be used for the input.
ROLI says they plan to expand availability to more devices as they can test them. Until then, the NOISE application was released in an “early access” testing phase for the Google Pixel and Galaxy S8 devices. ROLI says they have not yet implemented all features and functions that may be found in the iOS version and there may be some general bugginess present.
If you have an eligible device and want to give NOISE a try, you can head over to the Google Play Store to install it on your smartphone.