The Simpsons recently did a parody of Osmos, even making a very loose version of the Gas – Discovery theme, as Millhouse relaxes to Osmos on his iPad. Instead of calling it Osmos, they name it Alaxies: a play on Osmos possibly being a shortened version of (c)osmos… (g)alaxies. Clever.
All the cool nerds play Osmos.
Osmos is a nano-game for iOS, Android, Mac, PC and Linux and features an ambient soundtrack including Gas and High Skies.
A recent update to Sky Guide boosts your superhuman powers to let you see in different wavelengths, from x-ray to microwave.
The above pic shows you three different iPhone screens; The first shows the sky with a hydrogen alpha filter (exclusive photography by Fifth Star Labs own Nick Risinger); the third shows the sky in x-ray wavelength; and the middle one displays both at the same time via the loupe.
Further wavelengths showing the visible, infrared and microwave spectrums.
The example images are displaying the same patch of sky for comparison, and each wavelength covers the whole sky and can be rotated and swiped as normal. Note how they gives us different information, building up a fuller picture than any one spectrum.
1 In the top right example, the spectrum is set to X-Ray; tap-hold the display to bring up the loupe (middle image).
2 Rotate the loupe’s nib to switch between spectrums. Here we’ve settled on hydrogen alpha.
3 You can change the size of the loupe by dragging its edge.
4 Tap away from the loupe to dismiss it, or in this case, expand with a smooth swipe to make it fullscreen.
5 Tap the ‘i’ button for an article about the current wavelength.
6 To get back to the more usual visible spectrum, tap-hold to bring up another loupe and switch it to ‘visible’.
Sky Guide is the new star gazing app from Nick Risinger and Chris Laurel, with music by High Skies.
Nick has been featured in Wired and on BBC Horizon as he travelled the globe taking 37,000 photographs of the night sky for this app. Point your iPad or iPhone at the sky. day or night, and it will align itself automatically showing you the perfect sky through an expensive lens and without light pollution.
Click on a star or planet and you will be able to hear it. The hotter the star, the higher the pitch; the larger the star, the louder the volume. You will be able to ‘play the stars’. All music and sounds created by High Skies using an ARP Odyssey and ARP Solina; the astronomically long reverb was created by convoluting lengthy lightning recordings.
Click on any star, planet, galaxy, nebula or constellation and there are hundreds of cross-linked articles and images, with interesting facts and mythologies.
High Skies – Voyage en Argent
3D CGI by James Blinn, NASA, 1981. Voyager flyby of Saturn.
Anyone familiar with computer graphics will be familiar with James Blinn, he was a pioneer in the early days and has the technique of Blinn Shading named after him. A technique for describing how light reflects off a surface.
High Skies – Sounds of Earth is now available in Flac format for the first time from our new shop…
We’ve just completed videos for all the tracks on the ‘High Skies – Sounds of Earth’ release and will be posting a new video every week.