American rock and R&B guitarist and songwriter, Jimi Hendrix, was a legend in his own time. He helped shape and define the musical era of the 1960’s and 70’s. Now Sony Music Entertainment, in conjunction with Experience Hendrix LLC, have produced one of the best multimedia biographical apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Whether you are a fan of Hendrix or are interested in expertly designed iOS apps, like I am, you will definitely want to check out Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience.
You can spend a few hours navigating this Jimi Hendrix Experience app and still not experience all it has to offer. It’s a 130MB download, and it takes several seconds to load. It begins with a video tour of the application, and from there you can simply slide through the various menus and pages of the app, or you can tap the menu button and jump to the collection of videos, music previews, photos, and nearby locations of Jimi Hendrix landmarks.
This interactive multimedia biography takes you through the early years of Hendrix beginning with his birth in 1942, his enlistment in the US Army in 1961, the formation of his own group, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames in 1966, and his numerous studio and live performances in which he performed famous songs like “Purple Haze“, “Bold As Love“, “Love Angel” and the magnificent album, Electric Ladyland.
Each page of the written biography includes what you might expect in a multimedia app like this – archival photos and videos of live performances and interviews.
As you browse and read through the app you can listen to selected Hendrix songs that can be purchased and downloaded directly from the iTunes Music Store.
This app includes the discography of all Hendrix’s albums. According to the apps developers, the “iTunes integration lets you play the songs you own, sample those you don’t, and purchase new tracks from within the app“.
Photos & Videos
The app includes a section for a couple of dozen photos presented as if you’re viewing them on a tabletop. Simply tap and double-tap to open and close images.
The video section includes live performances, music video productions, and films like Valley of Neptune, Live at Monterey, Bleeding Heart, Hey Joe, and Woodstock.
The location section briefly describes many of the landmark places where Hendrix performed, including the famed Olympic Studios in London where he produced “Bold As Love” and Electric Ladyland, the Finsbury Park Astoria where he first set his guitar on fire on March 31 1967, and 59th West 12th Street in Greenwich Village where Hendrix lived until his death in September 1970.
Unfortunately there is no menu item for jumping directly to the Hendrix Discography, which includes the full collection of his albums. This anthology is located toward the end of the Jimi Experience section where you can flip through the albums and listen to previews of his songs.
The albums section is followed by the Hendrix Filmography featuring five videos (West Coast Seattle Boy, Blue Wild Angel, and Live at Woodstock) which can also be purchased on iTunes.
Overall, Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience is a well put together app, though I did experience a few bugs with the program – for some reason the audio would not play in the songs and videos on my iPad, but worked perfectly fine on my iPhone. Nevertheless, this is the type of app one wishes regular iOS users could produce for their own biography projects.
The app can be downloaded for free and requires iOS 5.0 or later. Let us know what you think of it.