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Bluebrain releases location-aware iPhone app album

Saturday - 5/28/2011, 9:48am  ET

WASHINGTON - An iPhone application that changes the music you hear based on where you are on the National Mall has been released by a pair of local musicians.

Ryan and Hays Holladay, the brothers who form the group Bluebrain, says this is the first ever location-aware album. The music changes as you move around the mall.

"As you get close to the children's merry-go-round, the wooden horses come to life and you hear sounds of real horses getting steadily louder based on your proximity," Ryan Holladay tells Wired UK.

This isn't the first musical experiment by the duo. Last year, the duo held a Cherry Blossom Festival boombox walk, where a group of people walking through the mall play different parts of songs on tapes or CDs. A similar experiment was held at sunset in the Dupont Circle area.

The free app called "The National Mall" by Bluebrain is available only on the iPhone, but iPad and Android versions are also planned.

Watch a video demonstration of the app:

The National Mall by BLUEBRAIN. The First Location-Aware Album from BLUEBRAIN on Vimeo.

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