Released in 2011, this is still one of our very favorite projects. We collaborated with Labrador Records, and the Acid House Kings to produce an enhanced musical experience for the iPad, "Music Sounds Better With You." We remember the days when bringing home the latest record from our favorite band had a real sense of discovery. The cover, liner notes, posters, postcards -- you never knew what was going to be inside when you peeled off the cellophane. Our goal for this immersive, interactive album experience is to bring back that same feeling of discovery, using the latest combination of interactive technology, CD-quality audio, and unique mobility that only the iPad has to offer. Plugin, sit back, and enjoy the music. It sounds better with you. Anywhere.
On Sept. 26, 2011 PADGAGET said;
This app is the first I have seen that promises to offer fans a window into the band when it reaches the listener. The all but extinct art of creating liner notes could even return if more artists choose to adopt the app as a mode of album distribution.
This app is exciting not only because of the quality of its design and included music, but because albums as apps promise to give fans back the additional heft that the listening to music lots as vinyl ceded to cassettes and CDs, and ultimately to digital files. While digital music files offer tremendous convenience for the listener, they rob fans of easy access to lyrics, large scale artwork, and the sense that the band has created a tangible work.
Album apps also have potential to reinvigorate the music business, as another method for bands to reach fans. Rarities or live concert clips could be added to entice buyers, much in the way limited release 7″s are used to encourage fans to purchase a record in advance from an independent label rather than downloading it illegally.
Cheers to developer for bringing back the album as a discrete listening experience. The app takes a wonderful idea and executes it seamlessly.
We’ve seen albums created largely on the iPad, and now we’ve got a full album as an iPad app. It contains the 10 tracks on the album Music Sounds Better With You, 6 remixed bonus tracks, and a nice range of features that are intended to evoke some of the magic of the days when albums were much more than just the music.
And I love the idea of an iPad app album.
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_Stuart Dredge, The Guardian UK
Johan Andergard and his brethren in Acid House Kings (Labrador) along with app developers Paul Lackner and Baird Lackner-Buckingham have joined together to make this pretty amazing iPad app album project for Music Sounds Better With You.
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by HappyTheMan - Version 1.2 - Jan 5, 2013
What a cool app.! Tons of info, lots of cool stuff if you love AHK. The karaoke option is the coolest part of this experience. I also enjoyed the BIO page where the members of the group slide from side to side.....I'm easily entertained obviously. Also, all the band info from the label's other bands was very informative. All this info could be researched and found on the web, but its neat-o that they took time to make this just for us fans. I love it. It's worth the cost just to support real bands like this. Thanks AHK, thanks.
by nv_yvr - Version 1.2 - Dec 22, 2012
I'm not sure if audiences will ever interact with music with the same commitment of time and emotion like in the heyday of vinyl albums once the stereo era began and coincided with a generation revolting against the status quo from politics to fashion and art. Obviously well before our era of hyper-connectivity, omnipresent multi-tasking, and reduced attention spans. This music album as an app is a delightful attempt to rekindle the sense and depth of emotional engagement with a band transported into our time and technology. I have no idea, if this app/album will ever be counted as a big success in the numerical sense. But I sincerely hope it will, because something that is put together with so much charm and caring deserves success. For listeners who prefer their pop music intelligent and catchy, there's a lot of ear candy here. And for singing along, one can fire up karaoke mode inside the app.
by lerico - Version 1.2 - Dec 22, 2012What a fantastic idea! Really! Why don't more bands do this?