tranceNdance by David De Candia (Universal)
Released: Feb 12, 2012
Version: 2.1
Size: 18 MB
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Ranking - Entertainment (iPhone)

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David De Candia
Ultra-intense kaleidoscopic music visualizer. Super-mellow animated mandala. It's both.

NB: If you have photosensitive epilepsy (PSE) you shouldn’t view this app. Some modes feature frequent, rhythmic, high contrast colour flashes and rapidly changing imagery.

tranceNdance was designed for iPhone 4S+, iPad 2+. The newer your device, the better it will look. Not recommended for the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. Does not currently work on the iPhone 6 Plus.


• Infinite kaleidoscope

No matter how deeply you zoom into the image, fresh images always appear. It's a bit like zooming into a fractal; or travelling down an endless kaleidoscope tunnel. Or maybe it’s a long descent onto an alien landscape. However you want to interpret it, it’s pretty cool.

• Music visualisation

Works both with and without microphone. Works with headphones. Be warned - can be very intense when coupled with fast or heavy music!

• Clock

In case you needed an excuse to keep the app running...

• Variety

Many different user-selectable modes.

• Control

Each mode can be tweaked according to your preferences

Please see the FAQ on the support website for a discussion of HDMI output capabilities.


tranceNdance was originally designed as an open-eye meditation assistant. The user would sit in stillness, focus on the screen centre and just breathe. Used in this way, tranceNdance becomes an effective calming device that is particularly useful for people with busy minds who find ordinary meditation difficult.

Due to these origins, the app was going to be titled "transcendence".

Mid-way into development, however, it became clear there were promising possibilities in the realm of audio response. What if the image could respond to a deep, resonant OM, for example? And so microphone support was added.

Still later, the concept of a fully-fledged music visualizer was explored. This functionality truly added the "dance" to “transcendence” and directly gave rise to the app as you see it today.


Please see the support web page for FAQ and support contact details.

What's new in version 2.1
- Added a new song picker that only displays playable files
- iPads get improved external monitor support
Our verdict: Good
  • + tranceNdance is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
  • + It is currently 50% off its regular price.
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