The project really started to come to life in a real way yesterday. A few of us loaded into a borrowed car and hit the road headed for rural New Jersey. Our destination – the home of Riley Martin. Riley’s voice is not only distinct but also absolutely perfect for our cynical lead frog. The day quickly became one to remember- from the start when Russell mistook the crappy bagel shop for the delicious muffin shop, right up until re-parking the car back into a massive snowbank in Brooklyn.
The real magic, however, occurred in Washington, NJ. There we turned a rustic motel room into a temporary recording studio. Riley immediately took to the bed in true Desi fashion to complete his voice work. In what can perhaps be called method voice-acting, he had managed to immerse himself in the character – and we’re sure Desi wouldn’t have had it any other way. The Miller Lights intermixed with Basics cigarettes added both the smooth and rough to his voice, generating an intoxicating blend known only as “Riley Martin”. Everyone did their best play nice, and the session produced “really good” results. The man himself professed that Nicholas would either win an Oscar or end up a member of Taliban.
It can definitely be said that everyone left the experience slightly more enlightened. Now we just need to get to work on editing the various chapters and takes from what Riley described as “the hardest fucking script” he’s ever worked with.
Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away. She was amazingly talented with a hauntingly beautiful voice. The Broadcast became one of my favorite bands over a decade ago. Discovering them for the first time truly felt like stumbling upon something really special. I saw them every chance I could and it saddens me to know that I wont be able to ever again.
Trish Keenan you will be missed by many, but we are grateful that you left a bit of you behind in the form of song.
Lately people have been inquiring about the status of Sonorasaurus for the iPhone and why it has not been updated for a long time and if we will be able to bring in the new features they desire.
A bit of history on Sonorasaurus – it was the second app our studio created. The project began because we wanted to create something interesting for the iPhone that could appeal to DJs in different ways. For those familiar with DJing it would be a great option in case their equipment failed. For those new to DJing it could be a way to experience the art form through emerging yet accessible technology.
After Sonorasaurus’ debut it was promptly pirated. Real sales for Sonorasaurus were pitiful and have remained so. After over a year of being available, units sold are still less than 1,000. This is in direct contrast to the number of pirated copies, at last count close to 200,000 before I became too disheartened to continue to keep a tally. Of course piracy is one of the realities of the world, but the degree we have experienced is constantly threatening to shut our doors.
Many people may have been thinking that we just lost interest in the iPhone version because of the added capabilities of the iPad and the dazzle of a new platform. The truth is we have wanted to work on Sonorasaurus. A lot. But frankly we cannot afford to work on it given our limited resources. Pajamahouse is a very very small studio.
Great things are planned for Sonorasaurus and Sonorasaurus Rex. We want to be able to bring them to you and at a much quicker rate. We have also been inspired by what Amanita did back in August with Machinarium.
So we are putting Sonorasaurus on sale for a while. If we get a good enough response we can move ahead with the updates we have planned and bring Sonorasaurus for iPhone up to date – starting with Retina Display and iPod Library Access. You can get the app for cheap now and the updates later for free.
Even if only 10% of the pirates pick up the app it will make a difference.
We have come across some reviews today for Rex. One of which comes from DJ Hombre, a steady source of reliable thoughts, feedback and commentary here in our comments as well as our inboxes. Check out his comprehensive breakdown and review of Sonorasaurus Rex at his website here. He is doing a recording test with all the different DJ apps out there so we recommend following his posts over the coming weeks.
Just a quick announcement, and one we are very happy to make. We have finished and submitted update 2.2 for Sonorasaurus Rex and hopefully it will be available the same day OS4.2 is available for the iPad.
This update takes care of one of the biggest requests we have had to date. iPod library access. The changes to the iPad operating system in 4.2 make this feature possible. Of course there are other revisions, additions and requests to do in our library but they will have to be in a subsequent update. It was our goal with 2.2 to make sure that everyone had iPod access as soon as 4.2 was made available and did not want the development time on other features to push that back. However we did have time to deal with one specific bug. One that affected the playlists and adding songs from search results. For some users they would search and add songs from the results but the wrong songs were appearing in the playlist (not the one they had dragged in).
And since we are on the subject of libraries, let us know what else you think the Sonorasaurus Rex library could use. With 2.2 and iPod access out of the way we need to firm up our list of library changes to make next time around.