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Phi Metronome by Damian Cieplak

Damian Cieplak released Phi Metronome, an Android metronome that is so weird it deserves a mention here on discchord! The app is so customizable that you can throw in any kind of fraction and it will try to make it a rational time signature. Even when you give it irrational numbers like π and ϕ! You can even hear what π/4 sounds like in the demo below. If 4/4 is Four on the Floor, π/4 is definitely Pi on the Floor.

Anyone who reads the comments here with any regularity will be familiar with reader stub, and his affinity for exploring odd time signatures. I'm pretty sure even he'll be stumped by this one!

Phi Metronome

Phi Metronome is an app that allows you customize many of its aspects. The most prominent is the time signature customization, where you can input any top and bottom number (which can also be a fraction or even an irrational number) of the time signature. This allows you to play in time signatures that have never been heard before, allowing you to create your own 'signature' time signature. Some exemplary time signatures include: π/4, ϕ/3, 11/17, 42/6.9, √2/e and 7ϕe/2.3π.

What's more, the app can be customized visually, by choosing one of preset color schemes or by creating your own color scheme of the app, making the end product truly yours. Moreover, the sound of the beat and click of the metronome can also be changed to one of the presets available in the app, which apart from regular beats and clicks, also includes sounds of guitar and piano. Additionally, tempo can be adjusted using plus and minus buttons, as well as using slider, tap button or a keyboard, whereas the last option can be accessed on a separate page in the app and this is where you can input tempos which are fractional numbers.

Phi Metronome (also spelled as Φ Metronome) app is simple to use, as all the standard features of a metronome can be accessed from the home screen and all the features are intuitive in use. Despite that, the app is equipped with a manual in its info page. The app apart from music practice and entertainment, can be used as a learning tool about time signatures, since by trying out different top and bottom numbers of the time signature, one can observe how they affect the behavior of the metronome. The app is designed to work on a variety of Android devices of different sizes, including phones, tablets, TVs and even automotive displays.

For more info, to provide feedback, report bugs, requests or suggestions, please write an email to thedamian58cinfo@gmail.com

Reader Comments 5

Thanks for thinking of me!

This is a pretty simple looking app. Without being able to turn on/off different "steps" in the pattern, it looks like you will just end up with steady beats followed by a short "remainder" beat.

I will always applaud a metronome that allows you to do something unusual. And this is a nice lil freebie. But it doesn't really come close to the powerhouses I've been digging into.

Hopefully it was a fun project for the developer. Maybe I'll send my custom clicks.
The stub special!

Is the aforementioned stub satisfied with this offering? Of course not! ;-)

There was an Apple-centric podcast called “Hypercritical”, a while ago. Host John Siracusa had this uncanny ability to find the unusual thing to critique. Later, in “Accidental Tech Podcast” (still running), his run of toaster-oven reviews, sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, was (in)famous.

Don’t change, stub! Please don’t change!

Your post made my night!

Those podcasts sound like fun.

I'm putting finishing touches on the revised Respiro manuals (both for the desktop and iOS versions). Rudy is a busy bee!! Got to meet the fella who makes the Maqam (a microtuning tool from Mazeka Toys), nice guy, very knowledgable, really cool musician. Probably knows his way around 11/8.

I know my way around a pie, but as for π , a bit less so.
Cool educational tool this one! I will show it to my kids.
Talking about sophisticated polyrhytms, we are covered by Atom 2!
By the way, there's «Ф» letter in Cyrillic alphabets, in Russian its pronounced «fé», or «ef» like in English.
On May 11, 2021 - @eVr said:
By the way, there's «Ф» letter in Cyrillic alphabets, in Russian its pronounced «fé», or «ef» like in English.

No kidding! I don't know enough about Cyrillic. It is fascinating to learn that there is any Greek in there.

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