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Starry Night Review - Plus 5 Copies to Give Away

Starry Night (interactive animation) for iPad from Petros Vrellis on Vimeo.

With hypnotic relaxing visuals and audio, Starry Night (interactive animation) for iPad is our new favourite thing to play with on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

What's it like?

In this truly immersive experience, beautiful melodies tickle your ears (especially if you wear headphones) whilst the lush colours used in Van Gogh's original 'The Starry Night' painting are pushed together and mixed into a river of moving particles guided by your touches on the iPad's screen.

It is easy to imagine there is real paint under the glass as you push these fluid colours around the screen, the motion cleverly creating what seems like resistance as real oil paint might. Using clever algorithmic calculations, the app can either continuously flow the paint at different speeds or in another mode the paint slowly returns to its resting state before starting off in motion again.

It is hard to describe what a wonderfully immersive experience it is getting hands-on with an art piece like this, you just have to have a go.

Reactive music

The music reacts to the motion you introduce too, so if you go crazy and madly swirl the paint around with all 5 digits on one hand, for example, the music gets louder and more intense, then fades and simplifies as the motion slows. We found that it could be a little intense at full speed, but around half speed or even slower it is a much more gentle experience.

If you prefer, you can turn the music off altogether, but there are three different patterns to choose from and we think it adds a great deal to the hypnotic effect of the app.

Take time out to explore

Suffice to say we love playing with this app and exploring Van Gogh's painting in this fully interactive way. It can even serve as a musical picture frame on your desk when your iPad isn't being used.

If you allow yourself time out of a busy and hectic day to just lose yourself in the experience that Starry Night offers you, we are sure you will love it too.

We've been waiting for this app to be updated before reviewing it here, as the first version wasn't quite Retina iPad ready, but now with Version 2.0 we wholly recommend downloading a copy

But wait, before you do, read on for your chance to win a free copy of Starry Night for your iPad.

Giveaway time

To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 copies of Starry Night (interactive animation) simply leave a comment below naming your favourite Van Gogh painting.

Please remember to leave your name and e-mail address (your e-mail will not be visible to the public) so we can contact you if you are a winner.

We will randomly select 5 commenters to receive a copy of Starry Night (interactive animation) after this giveaway closes at 1900 GMT on Friday 27th April 2012.

Thank you to the App Developer, Petros Vrellis, for providing a review copy and the 5 promo codes for our giveaway. 

App Store Link: Starry Night (interactive animation) $1.99 / £1.49

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Reader Comments (23)

Wildflowers. I would love to see them swaying in the breeze with this app.

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah M.

My favorite Van Gogh painting is....Four Cut Sunflowers. Actually, I love all of his sunflower paintings.

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Antonetti

I have a couple of little girls who would have a lot of fun experimenting with this.

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I love his work, his flowers and landscapes are popular but I really adore all of his self portraits. So I'll pick Self portrait with bandaged ear.

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Murtaugh

My absolute favorite Van Gogh painting is the Portrait of Postman Joseph Roulin, 1889.

I would love a free copy of the app to show my high school Art students!

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAFM_art

My favourite Van Gogh is Starry starry night. I saw it in real life at the MOMA in NY recently and loved the swirling colours and lines even more!

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny O

I love Van Gogh ah to pick a favorite? Girl in the Woods and Irises pop into my head just now. I can't remember the name of the beautiful painting of the river with the buildings reflected. Great giveaway Thank for the chance. Blessings. Donna

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDlBetty

Actually going to France to Auvers sur Oise to see Vincent and Théo's grave and visit the Ravoux where he resided until his death. Then to Arles to see the town where he loved to paint and resided with Gauguin.The iPad app Van Gogh's Dream is another app for Van Gogh fans that is not to be missed.
I think Irises is my favorite. The Payson family in Maine owned it and before they sold it, it was exhibited in Portland. It took my breath away.
No painter has ever replicated that incredible green he uses so often in his paintings.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzé

My fav Van Gogh would have to be the Le Moulin de la Galette series.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChip2k

IPad Creative,,

This is a tough one,

Night Caf or van Goghs room Arles

Like them both, but his painting

Van Goghs - Bedroom in Arles
Is my favorite...

Be well


April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurence Zankowski

I like The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at night, because the place is close to my hometown and I am now living 10.000 km away. This painting gives me an instant feeling of nostalgia.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

My favorite is Starry Night. Lovely.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandovaal F.

Starry Night app looks very cool indeed. I love Vincent van Goghs: The Mulberry Tree.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterneil @StudioON

My favourite is starry night!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Definitely an app worth sharing for!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiege

His Self-Portrait painted in September 1889 while he was in Saint Remy... His sky blue jacket and the undulating strokes of his face blend with the background, destroying the boundaries between himself and the paint.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

Cypress and Wheat field is my favorite.

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjill

Starry night has got to be it. Add in Don McLean and done, complete.

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicholas.L

his self portrait is beautiful!

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSaimon Brum

My favorite Van Gogh is Rain-Auvers.

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Edgerton
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