First Massively Multi-player, Musical Game for the iPhone and iPod Touch
Menlo Park, CA — April 15, 2009 — SonicMule, Inc. (Smule), a premier developer of interactive sonic applications for the iPhone platform, announced today the availability of Leaf Trombone World Stage, the world's first massively multi-player musical game for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Smule, the company behind Ocarina and Sonic Lighter, presented a sneak peek of Leaf Trombone World Stage at Apple's iPhone 3.0 event last month. As the name suggests, anyone can perform a tune on the Leaf Trombone before a global audience. A player can also request a panel of self-appointed judges, randomly selected from anywhere in the world, to provide an instant critique of the performance using a combination of emoticons and text. Judges can reward a performance or veto it, mid-note.
The World Stage will separate the Music Gods from the Wannabes. “People can play at home, alone, as badly as they want. It's like singing in the shower. Where's the challenge? The thrill?” asks Smule CTO and co-founder Dr. Ge Wang. “We are inviting people to abandon their egos and put it all out there, before a global audience and a potentially merciless tribunal.”
Inspired by traditional Chinese leaf instruments, Smule's Leaf Trombone is ideally suited to both the iPhone and iPod touch. Users move the slide up and down to change pitch, or, using iPhones, blow into the microphone to create sound. Leaf Trombone ships with a group of songs already loaded, so users can immediately begin learning how to play the instrument. A music box provides accompaniment, and floating leaves show beginners where to place the slide to achieve the correct note. Once users have mastered a song, they're ready to perform on the World Stage.
“Leaf Trombone was developed to unleash people's creativity and their inner rock star.” said Wang. “Now, with the Leaf Trombone, anyone can perform on the World Stage.”
SonicMule, Inc. (Smule), is a premier developer of interactive sonic applications for the iPhone with headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Founded in June, 2008 and backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Maples Investments and Granite Ventures, Smule has created an innovative mobile audio platform, enabling a new generation of applications for the iPhone. More information about Smule can be found on the Internet at http://www.smule.com/. Smule, Sonic Network, and Sonic Lighter are trademarks of SonicMule, Inc. Apple is a registered trademark of Apple Computer. iPhone and Appstore are trademarks of Apple Computer.