The Dark Knight Rises seems to be getting all the attention it deserves. The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is in cinemas today. But that's not all. While Gameloft
has released a mobile game drawing inspiration from the movie, the creators of the film have now designed an app that lets you delve into the world of The Dark Knight Rises in a way you've never experienced before.
The Dark Knight Rises Z+ app for iOS is more than just music to your ears. Once you put your headphones on, you actually feel you're in the dark alleys of Gotham City. It engulfs you with scores from the movie. Here's how it works.
The app picks up sounds from real environments blending them with the soundtrack of Hans Zimmer from the film. The result is a feel of Gotham City in a sonic version, which lasts for almost 2 hours. It offers a very unique and powerful listening experience by utilizing everyday sounds or actions and turning them into interesting audio pieces that add more depth to the listening experience. Munching on a biscuit was never the same as before!
The Dark Knight Rises Z+ follows the footsteps of the highly acclaimed augmented audio app for the movie 'Inception' which allowed listeners to experience a variety of sounds that were determined by the listener's location, time of the day and even the weather.
The Z+ app has two modes: AutoPilot and Manual. AutoPilot plays audio depending on the noise around you. So it's different when you're in a rather quiet place than one with more background noise. It also creates different soundscapes for quiet, still and action modes.
The Manual mode allows the listener to take control of the preferences. The app also triggers soundtracks depending on the time of day. There are a few in-app purchases and one that stands out is 'The Bat' which listeners can pilot with the actual movie sound effect simulator by Academy Award winning sound designer Richard King.
Apart from the personalized Gotham City soundtrack, the app also has audio clips of discussions and commentaries between Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan on the process of creating the musical score for the film.
Speaking on the app's creation, Hans Zimmer said, "I'm hoping to give fans of this beloved trilogy the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the soundscapes and atmospheres of the world of the Dark Knight. This new app allows users to be part of the film in a way that goes beyond the movie screen-it's the difference between looking at a photo of a river, and being able to drop your hand over the side of the boat and feel the currents of the water tug as the river takes you on a journey."
While a CD can only play the same tracks over and over again, the Z+ app will definitely evolve each time you try it since it's purely based on sounds around you.
The Dark Knight Rises Z+ developed by RJDJ, is one app that is sure to blow you away. The best part is that it's available for free in the App Store. Enter the city of Gotham now!
The Dark Knight Rises Z+ (iOS, Free)