Electroplankton really threw me for a loop. I'd seen the demos of this music-maker and assumed they were early versions of something that would knock my socks off--once the real "game" had been designed. Unfortunately, it seems like the development team must've been really busy-playing Guitar Hero and Zelda: Ocarina of Time. See, there is no game here; Electroplankton is more of an "experience." You can choose from 10 different compositional modes, in which you use the touch screen to manipulate notes and sounds. Electroplankton takes care of the rhythm for you, so you can keep changing the sounds and mess around with notes while creating an electronic song. And that's all she wrote. Electroplankton might have been more engaging if it gave you goals, such as coming up with a certain number of notes in a given amount of time or having to replicate songs and riff on them. It should, at the very least, have allowed you to save your work; instead, your musical creations are fleeting and forgettable. It's too bad, because this Is an unusually cool and weird exercise in technological creativity. So, while my score may seem low, keep in mind it would have been even lower if not for that.
Anyone can have fun messing around with Electroplankton's cutesy music-making applications for 15 minutes, but unless you're an artsy Brian Eno wannabe, you won't get much out of it. This thing really isn't a game at all, nor could you call it serious music-composing software (since you can't save your creations). Yet, for the right people... who are firmly in the proper (preferably altered) state of mind, Electroplankton becomes a trippy, transcendent, and beautiful fusion of art and music. And I guess I'm one of those people, because I've spent plenty of time exploring the subtle depths here. I've even seen musicians "play" Electroplankton as an instrument at live shows, and the results were absolutely stunning.
he beauty of Electroplankton is that anyone who tries it will have fun making tunes in minutes, thanks to the friendly, intuitive interface. The problem with Electroplankton is that, after those first few minutes, everyone who tries it will wonder what the hell is the point. Without any option to record or store your creations, you can't mix together tracks you make with the different critters, much less save a cool tune you stumble onto for your friends to hear. Electroplankton is just a novelty--its awesome potential is destroyed by this simple, obvious, unforgivable mistake.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP