The Empty Air: mobile app offers sound tour through Rittenhouse Square [VIDEO] - Technical.ly Philly

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Apr. 9, 2013 9:30 am

The Empty Air: mobile app offers sound tour through Rittenhouse Square [VIDEO]

The app uses GPS to control what you hear as you walk through the park. Musician Michael Kiley created the original musical piece using sounds he recorded in the park.

Musician Michael Kiley designed "The Empty Air," a sound-tour mobile app.

(Courtesy photo)

Updated 4/9/13 11:21 a.m. to include that the app was crowdfunded.

Take a sound tour through Rittenhouse Square with a new mobile app from local musician and sound designer Michael Kiley.

Download the iPhone app here for $0.99.

Called “The Empty Air” and successfully crowdfunded last fall, the app uses GPS to control what you hear as you walk through the park. Kiley created the original musical piece using sounds he recorded in the park.

This is the first app in a series of Philly “sound walks,” according to the release. Kiley hopes to create a do-it-yourself version of the app so people can create their own sound tours.

South Philly web dev shop P’unk Ave built the app with Kiley. Get a preview of the sound tour below.

Listen to a story on Newsworks about The Empty Air here.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes was Technical.ly's editorial product lead after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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