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The Carnival of the Animals

iPhone / iPad
  • Music
  • Education
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Camille Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals" is an interactive story book with an interplay of music, language(s) and pictures as well as easy tactile-acoustic audio tracks.

Experience "Carnival of the Animals" based on Camille Saint-Saëns' colourful music. Be caught in the spell of the wonderful story of a bored lion and the wild animals who want to have a terrific party.

A talking picture book with fantastic new illustrations, interlaced with numerous animated graphics and interactive elements. A fun and playful learning platform for both children and adults, with any level of specific language competences.

• Compose your own music …
• Make the elephant dance!
• Choose the language you would like to learn …
• Feed the poor raven …
• Play with the instruments …
• Listen to the story in Finnish …
• You understand more languages than you think - have a try …
• Let the orchestra play backwards …
• Improvise with the sounds of foreign languages …

With the inclusion of "creafon" sound tracks, the reader becomes both the conductor of an orchestra and a player through simple acoustic information. The texts and the bar-code-like audio information can produce sound through the touch of a finger.
Each chapter is based on a scene from Camille Saint-Saën's "Carnival of the Animals". The small conductor bug pictured on each page plays the whole piece. The interactive sound and text tracks, along with other vocal elements and auditive additions, engage in a playful, exploratory way to listen and create on one’s own.

This application takes the current findings on language learning research (e.g. EU-Project EuroCom into consideration and fosters the discovery of relationships between languages, that means "We understand more languages than we think" (intercomprehension). At the same time, additional sources of information such as pictures, music and sounds, aid comprehension as well (e.g. EU-Project EMP-L The following languages are currently integrated: Catalan, Classical Greek, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Rhaeto-Romance, Rumanian, Simplified Chinese, Slovenian and Spanish.

This multi-media, multi-sensual, and multi-lingual product should contribute primarily to better understanding between people in different language areas as well as sensitize them to the variety of communication around them. An adaptation for other European and eventually non-European languages and dialects as well as the positioning of “Apps” within Europe should be made possible through the expansion of this first product.

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Camille Saint-Saëns' (1835-1921) „Carnival of the Animals“, interpreted by the Festival Orchestra of Basel under the direction of Thomas Herzog.

Stephan Brülhart (pictures and animation)
Markus Cslovjecsek (sound and sound track)
Achim Lück (text)

App development by Sophisticode Inc.

A cstools GmbH production