Well, as I mentioned when I released my last song “TH1”, I’ve been spending a lot of time making music on the iPad the last few weeks. Not just messing around and coming up with interesting sounds or grooves, but making serious music. I figure if something is interesting enough to keep me working in a particular way for more than a couple weeks, then likely it’s something I need to keep exploring as long as I can. Most of the time these exercises where I limit my tools might only last a week or two before I get bored, but not in this case.
While not an entirely care free experience (still the odd bug or crash), it’s been a really exciting way of crafting full songs. I’m really enjoying using Auria as a DAW, it’s a much more interactive experience arranging and editing songs just by dragging things around by your finger. The biggest issue so far has been the iPad4 getting a little sluggish when navigating Auria’s Edit (Arrange) page when I have a lot of tracks in the songs. I had hoped that upgrading to the iPad4 would fix this, but while it’s much better than the iPad3 was, there’s still a bit of slow down at times. Nothing too major, but it’s the only really negative thing I can think of so far.
So, my plan remains to keep working on the iPad and try to get a new EP done in a couple of months. So far I have 3 songs well on their way, and a few ideas for a couple more, so I feel right on track. I do find myself wanting a new drum app though, anyone have any suggestions? At the moment I’m using the excellent DM1 primarily, but I also have Bleep!Box and the sample-based apps like Beatmaker2 and NanoStudio. Not really looking for MPC style composing though, I’m more interested in unique drum machine style programming. Any suggestions are most welcome!
In other news, a friend and local Seattle producer I know is working on a pretty interesting Kickstarter project I thought I would let people know about. From the producer:
“It’s been my life goal to get people collaborating on art and music. I’ve been able to do that through my Subaqueous website, but I wanted to take it a step further with a new product that helps bridge the gap between musicians and other music producers. This lead me to create the USB Splash Drive. It’s an 8gb custom usb drive that is loaded with music, remix stems, samples, Ableton live sets, and more.
This remix album isn’t just about releasing a few produced tracks. It’s about releasing the information on how I made a lot of my music. I want to share with my community, fellow musicians, and friends the knowledge I have acquired along the way.”
As most of my readers know I’m really into sharing HOW people make music, and this looks like a great way to get some more insight into that from another producer. You can find more info about this project here:
Finally, I’ve had a few people ask me about my live gigs this summer. At the moment I’m currently only booked for Photosynthesis 6, on July 19-21st. It will be a downtempo/midtempo gig, and I have a lot of brand new material prepped that I will be playing out for the first time. This is one of my favorite festivals of the summer, so it’s definitely worth coming out to if you want to hear some amazing music in a beautiful location.
I’ll post more info about this show, and some other ones I’m still working out once I get more specifics.
Thanks, until next time!