Awesomeness: ZOOZ Mobile has just released a Nokia N95-compatible version of its flagship application ZOOZBeat, which turns your phone into a gesture-based mobile musical studio.
I tested the iPhone version, which is as addictive as it is entertaining: ZOOZBeat comes with different styles of background beats which users can enhance with additional layers of sound bites. The app makes perfect use of the built-in accelerometers of the iPhone and the Nokia N95: you can pick an instrument and simply tap, shake or tilt to create your own masterpiece. It’s really fun to use as an amateur, and I’m pretty sure even professional musicians will get a kick out of it.
The application was built by a group of graduates and faculty members from the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, who also created ZOOZControl, which turns your iPhone into a wireless PC game controller.
ZOOZBeat comes with a free Lite version which only features 2 background beats and 10 instrument sounds, which is a bit limited in my opinion. If you like the app, you can upgrade to the full version for $2.99 and double the amount of beats and instruments, as well as unlock some cool features like voice recording and the ability to save/load tracks. There’s also a Pro version in the works which will enable synchronized group play, song sharing and professional sequencing capabilities.
The new version for Nokia N95 is now available: you can sign up here, and the first 100 TechCrunch readers will be contacted for a free upgrade to the full version.
Check out the videos below to see ZOOZBeat in action.