September 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

RIP RjDj: Developer Pivots, Retires Legendary, Immersive App

RjDj iOS

Launched four years ago, RJDJ is one of the most innovative music apps ever, for the way it used the microphone on your iPhone (or, better yet, the one on your headphone cable) to grab snippets of sound from the outside world and weave those into intelligently-generated musical “scenes,” which rotated between motifs and elements. Bands could create their own scenes, which you could grab within the app for a dollar or two. Meanwhile, users could use the app to make their own “reality remixes” based on their surroundings. It worked great on the subway.

However, this is the last week RJDJ will be available — so download it now (free) if you want to grab it before it vanishes. Even then, you won’t be able to download scenes or upload your reality-remixed versions of songs.

Following successful bespoke apps, like the stunning one it made for the movie Inception, which turned the movie’s soundtrack into a soundtrack for your life, developer Reality Jockey plans to retire the original RjDj app in favor of more stuff like that Inception app, as well as the UK-only (for now) Music Zones, which plays appropriate internet radio based on your location.

The company’s CEO announced the following via Facebook:

“More than an app – deciding to retire our good old RjDj app.

After over 4 years in the app store we thought it’s about time to take a step back and look at the crazy RjDj universe.

It all started with our good old RjDj app, which was released 4 years ago and was the foundation of our initial success – a great music community and also the cradle of all the other apps we developed. It has also been a big inspiration for many other app developers. Many of the musical tools used in our apps “The Dark Knight Rises Z+“, “Inception the app” and “Dimensions” were pioneered in the RjDj app.

In all these years, RjDj grew out of this app and really became something different. RjDj became a new way how to think music, it became a brand. This development is something we want to enforce which is the reason why we are now positioning everything for our future.

As a first step we are cleaning up our “old” apps which also means that we are retiring the good old RjDj app. Don’t be sad, we are working on some great new content released through “The Dark Knight Rises Z+” app and we are also working on the exciting “Music Zones” project which we are currently test driving in the UK app store.

So starting from next week, we won’t make the app available in the app store anymore, so if you are a nostalgic app collector, this is your last chance to get it. You will still be able to use the installed app but we won’t be supporting it any longer. This means that you won’t be able to upload recordings or download scenes. On October 8th we will also change our website.

Michael Breidenbrucker, CEO”

Stay tuned for more apps from Reality Jockey.

(Image of the RjDJ aesthetic via Reality Jockey)