Building Blocks is a free app available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and was developed to raise awareness of Rett Syndrome, a rare but serious neurological disorder which impacts around 1 in 9,000 girls.
The game is easy for children to learn (I even tested the user experience and interface design via my 3 year old to prove it!) - kids can drag blocks onto the screen and drop them on the floor or stack them up. If the child shakes the device, the blocks on screen fly up in the air as if they were physically knocked (which seems to be the main kick kids get out of playing with blocks... knocking them down).
In approaching the music, I was aware of the monophonic monotony often spewed forth from children's games and toys. And often at ludicrous volumes. In our house we actually have a small children's keyboard which I swear could not have come close to any parent during its development phase - the default volume, regardless of where you set the volume last time, is always obscenely loud.
So, aware of the shortfalls of much modern game / toy music for children, and aware that parents would typically not want their kids to get "hyped up" when having some quiet playtime on a phone or tablet, I approached the music with the objectives of creating something simple, soothing, and not overly repetitive.
The instruments I chose reflected this, with some gentle marimba, guitar, electric piano, and harmonising flutes. To keep the file size of the music down, the length of the track is only a little over 90 seconds, but there is enough interest for this to not seem to be heard ad nauseum while in the background of play.
If you'd like to check out the app, and support the cause for Rett Syndrome awareness and research, you can read more about the app and download Building Blocks free from the Luna Twin website.
Paul Doolan provides keyboard recording sessions for bands and solo artists.
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