Last month, we got word that Reality Jockey was working with director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer on a new “augmented sound project” based on the original score of Inception. This morning, “Inception – The App” made its way onto the App Store.
This app is a dream machine that transforms the world around you into a dreamworld. It uses augmented sound to induce dreams through the headset of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It will change your perception of reality.
Inception The App transports Inception The Movie straight into your life. New dreams can be unlocked in many ways, for example by walking, being in a quiet room, while traveling, or when the sun shines. You will get realtime musical experiences, featuring new and exclusive music from the Inception soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer. This app is the first result of Christopher Nolan, Hans Zimmer, and Michael Breidenbrückers’ collaboration using augmented sound.
I’ve been playing with this app for a few minutes and I’m already completely blown away. It seems there are 13 different dream levels and I’ve already unlocked a few of them. In the full story, we have descriptions of the dreams that are available now. The rest will become available to unlock following updates to the app. So, if you have an iPhone, iPad, or an iPod Touch, and you’ve actually read down this far without stoping to hit the App Store, go download this app right now. “Inception – The App” is free on iTunes.
[UPDATE (Dec. 9)]: Hit the full story to see a video of Hans Zimmer discussing the iPhone app.
When you entered your dreamworld for the first time this dream was played. You create the world of the dream. We bring the subject into your dream. This dreams twists the sounds of your dreamworld into previously unreleased music from the movie. Listen how nothing in your dreamworld sounds how it normally does. Our dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realise something was actually strange.
To enter this dream induce your dreamworld during a sunny day and be still. This dream transforms your sunny day into a surreal whirling thunderstorm. Remember, our dreams feel real while we are in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize that something was actually strange. This dream features previously unreleased music from the movie. You can collapse this dream by being active or by the weather at your location changing.
Induce your dreamworld and then walk or be active. This dream will not be played if you put your device into sleep mode. Your actions in the dreamworld control the music. The longer you move, the further you progress into this dream. It cuts up and sequences the sounds around you and mixes them with the hectic rhythms of the “Mombasa” theme. When you have explored far into the dream you will reach a calm zone, before jumping back into the action again. It sounds beautiful when walking in the city. Try it. You can collapse this dream by staying still.
To unlock this dream go back to the dream map and induce your dreamworld in a loud place and be still. You will be rewarded with the “Dream is Collapsing” theme featuring Johnny Marr.
Come back tonight after 11pm and induce your dreamworld from the dream map when you are quiet and still. It takes the slightest sounds from your environment and weaves them into your dreams. This dream features previously unreleased soundscapes and hugely stretched musical elements from movie score.
To unlock this dream go back to the dream map and induce your dreamworld while you are in Africa. It is a varied cinematic dream space which features the “We Built Our Own World” theme from the movie.
To unlock this dream go back to the dream map and induce your dreamworld at a quiet place and be still. You will be rewarded with a vast acoustic landscape generated from your dreamworld including unreleased soundscapes from the movie.
You can enter this dream by travelling fast when you induce your dreamworld. This dream listens and finds melodies to imitate. It turns whatever vehicle you are traveling in into a meditative instrument. It is a great companion on your journey. Listen to the “Time” theme from the soundtrack in a way you have never heard it before. If you slow down this dream will collapse.
Entering too many dreams within dreams is unstable! You can unlock the undefined dream space of Limbo by inducing your dreamworld from the map and entering three dreams in a row. The fourth dream will take you to the shores of Limbo.