F R E Q U E N T L Y
|Is this a screensaver?|
|No. This is a rocket-fire digital kaleidoscope that you direct with your voice,
your keyboard or your stereo. You can control every aspect of this program, from the soundtrack
to the sound effects, from the kaleidoscopic patterns to the color. You can even control subtle
differences like line weight and symmetry levels. No, this isn't a screensaver; it's a visual
jam...a lush, rich audio landscape.
|This is very different from Big Top's other products. Why was it created?|
|The Groove Thing was originally designed in response to teachers' requests
for a non-competitive, non-verbal program kids could play on networked computers. But during test
marketing, we were overwhelmed by the positive response from the adult segment. We found that The
Groove Thing was a product for everyone. We were intrigued with the idea of a non-verbal program
because we think communication is evolutionary. Sharing is not just words, but our visions as well.
Play The Groove Thing with a friend. You'll see.
|Who would use this?|
|Anyone and everyone. The Groove Thing is a chance to allow some parts of your
brain to cool down and briefly rest, and other parts to fire up and come alive. People sitting in
front of their computers for prolonged periods of time need this shift in input. Anyone new to
computers will benefit from this gentle introduction to the digital life. Anyone can find their
|What is the point of this product?|
|It's pure fun. It's about pleasure and the simple joy of creating beautiful
images. We developed The Groove Thing to be used alone, with a good friend or in a much larger group
|How is The Groove Thing different than Head Candy?|
|Head Candy is a wonderful, visual experience. The Groove Thing, however, is an
interactive adventure in which you're in control of all the visual and audio parameters. With The
Groove Thing, you can plug your stereo into the computer and choreograph the lustrous images with your
favorite musical artist. You can even use your voice to drive the visuals by activating the LISTEN
function and speaking into the computer's microphone. The Groove Thing and Head Candy really are quite
|What audiences are you reaching with The Groove Thing?|
|We've been surprised at the wide appeal of The Groove Thing. Although we realized
it appealed to the 18 to 24 year-old computer user, and the musically and artistically inclined, the
greatest pleasure is to watch first-time computer users, children and non-english speakers get into the
groove. Music has always been a universal language. Mix that with the intrinsic, communicative value of
art, and it's a beautiful thing indeed.
The Groove Thing.
There are no enemies to kill.
No points to score.
No aliens to destroy.
There is nothing to conquer.
Let's call it evolution.
B I G T O P