Thunderspace 2 ~ Sleep in a Thunderstorm

Jan 13

Thunderspace 2 ~ Sleep in a Thunderstorm
by 1186 users
You will sleep better with Thunderspace because it plays thunderstorms in 3D for headphones + realistic lightning flashes. You're welcome!

Amazing film and audio demo on

Please note: Lightning flashes currently require a camera flash. Thunderspace is a universal app and runs on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It comes with two top quality hyper-realistic thunderstorms in full length. You can buy extra storms, or get all existing and future storms in a fair priced bundle. You can disable in-app purchases in your iOS settings.

Imagine you can immerse yourself in a hyper-realistic thunderstorm any time you feel stressed, need to relax or go to bed. Thunderspace can teleport your mind to a calm place far away from home. Far away from stress. Far away from the noise.

≈ Revolutionary ≈
"I could hear it coming from hundreds of feet away." — Carmel Deamicis, PandoDaily

"Thunderspace takes relaxing to a whole new level." — Gannon Burgett, The Industry

"It really is impressive." — Dave Caolo, TUAW

"A lot of care and attention has gone into building this." — Paul Sawers, The Next Web

"It is absolutely like having your own personal slice of heaven." — Christine Chan, AppAdvice

"Idiotically gimmicky or incredibly effective? If it’s possible to be both at once, Thunderspace has done it." — John Pavlus, Fast Company

Emmy-award winning nature sound recordist Gordon Hempton and I recorded thunderstorms the way you hear.

Gordon has traveled the world for more than 20 years to record the sounds of nature in 3D. Thunderspace features his best thunderstorm recordings.

We've encoded all storms in Thunderspace in 256 kbps AAC for a top notch, crystal clear sound experience. Combined with realistic lightning flashes, your brain can't help but think the storm is real.

To hear the 3D sound all around you, any stereo headphones will work. The same principle which works for 3D TV also works for 3D sound. Left ear, right ear. It's pretty neat.

You may try Thunderspace over speakers. Though keep in mind that if the sound of the left speaker enters you right ear, and vice versa, you may not hear the 3D effect. This is due to a phenomenon called "crosstalk". We've heard of some customers who were able to hear the 3D sound on their surround system.

The 3D stereoscopic audio in Thunderspace can give you a true sensation of being somewhere else.

Have you ever wondered why you can hear the direction and distance of a sound? The answer is the shape of your ears and the sound shadow your head produces. Your brain decodes these inter-aural time- and level differences to tell you where a sound came from.

We managed to record these head-related audio cues in a way that sounds natural over headphones.

Oh, and got some Belkin WeMo Switches + desktop fans? Thunderspace can control them in sync with the storms, so you can feel the wind.

Brought to you by Taptanium, in partnership with Gordon Hempton, the Emmy-award winning nature sound recordist.

Please check out the audio demo and film on

But you are free to try or refuse :)

≈ Features ≈
+ Stereoscopic 3D audio optimized for Apple EarPods & headphones.
+ Utilizes the flash to simulate lightning. Flashes the screen on iPad.
+ Utilizes WiFi-enabled fans to simulate wind (optional).
+ Global storm sync to an atomic clock. What you see and hear is what everyone else sees and hears.
+ Relax with many people in one room. In sync.
+ Beautiful audiovisual experience.
+ 2 thunderstorms included.
+ Additional thunderstorms available via In-App Purchase.
+ All storms available in the Rumble Bundle.
+ Universal app: Runs on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
+ You can restore your purchases to all your devices.

≈ Questions? ≈
Tweet @thunderspaceApp, email franz taptanium com or send an email through the in-app contact support page. Please don't ask support questions in the comments as I can't reply to those.

Release Notes

- New storm: Road Trip. Recorded in a car. In 3D!
- Lightning flashes on iPad? Check!
- Made it easier to restore purchases on any device.
- Enhanced Simplified Chinese translation. Thanks to your fantastic feedback! 谢谢! You're great!
- Bugfixes and improvements for iOS 8.

What’s next?
I've got more storms in the production pipeline and can see how the current user interface is reaching its limits. When I created Thunderspace in 2013, there were just six storms planned. Even though it's probably easier to catch a cockroach than it is to catch a great thunderstorm, the catalog kept growing. Gordon and I were lucky enough to catch a few more, which is great, because we can't ever get enough of them. I mean thunderstorms, not cockroaches.

Speaking of cockroaches though, they're fast, and I know that speed is a bottleneck. There are more than 1.500 thunderstorms every day around the world, and we barely manage to catch one or two really good ones in a year. This is why we began to expand the team to more nature sound recordists around the globe. I’m working on a concept for a low cost, long endurance, biomimetic outdoor microphone that anyone can place outside and just let it run for weeks until it captures a storm all on its own.

My vision for Thunderspace is to make it the most amazing thunderstorm platform in the world, with not just tens of storms but hundreds of them. Only the very best recordings will ever make it into Thunderspace. So, if you happen to be a nature sound recordist, and you happen to know how to record thunderstorms in stereoscopic 3D for headphones, please get in touch!

App Details

  • Version 4.0.2
  • Created & Sold by Franz Bruckhoff
  • Released on July 5, 2013
  • File Size: 48 MB
  • 99¢
  • universal This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Age Rating: 9+
  • Categories: Health & Fitness & Medical

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