Most of you will be familiar with Sonic State's Sonic Touch podcast, but they also do a weekly podcast covering more general music production news. This week's Sonic Talk is something entirely different! This is a whole 45 minute long interview with Jordan Rudess and Kevin Chartier, from Wizdom Music, about their apps and development across iOS, Android and now Windows RT.
We talk to the guys behind a number of apps for iOS, Android and now and perhaps first, Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT. Kevin tells us about his unique approach to coding which allows them to port their apps cross platform. Some fascinating behind the scenes insight.
AudioShare and Bitwiz developer Jonatan Liljedahl, wrote in with news on the release of Gestrument, a pretty slick gesture-based instrument! In addition to his own apps, he's available to assist in development for other folks, as is the case with Gestrument, developed in partnership with Jesper Nordin.
Gestrument - the revolutionary gesture instrument! Swipe your finger to play - it has never been easier to make music!
Improvise or compose within the scales and rhythms you choose. Use parameters like pulse density, scale morphing, rhythm randomness or pitch fluctuation to find new paths for your musical expression and creativity. Use the tutorials or define your own settings to fit the musical style you want to play and compose in. Play on up to eight instruments at once - all with different individual settings.
Gestrument works equally well for rhythmic music or sweeping soundscapes, for solo melodies or chord blocks, for long lines or short staccatos. It can help you make music in whichever genre you can imagine.
Gestrument works directly with its built in sounds and is therefore perfect for the amateur or beginner who wants to make music in an intuitive way. But it is first and foremost built for professional musicians and composers who can work with the settings to build advanced theoretical frameworks that they can later improvise or compose within.
Play and compose music with the swipe of your finger
An intuitive tool for composers in all genres
Generate music within defined scales and rhythms
The ultimate tool for making truly new music in any genre
Improvise freely within a fully controlled musical framework
Use the internal GM sound bank or your favorite MIDI synthesizer
Use Gestrument to control other iOS apps or external MIDI programs through a MIDI interface or Network MIDI
Create and save your own presets and share with your friends or download new presets from www.gestrument.com
Steve Hawker wrote in to tell me about how much he's been inspired by Rheyne's videos here. He got himself Lemur and made his own layout (download links below), then got to making some amazing music on his classic Steinway!
1904 Steinway meets 2012 drum n bass. With the help of Ableton Live, Lemur on iPad, and a Wiimote it might just be possible. Live looping and sound effects are controlled with Lemur on the iPad, and drum loops are triggered with a Wii remote.
You can download the Ableton Live set (Live 8 needed), Lemur file, and OSCulator patch below if you'd like to have a play or use it as a starting point for your own live-looping experiments. If you're on a PC, you can use GlovePie instead of OSCulator to get the Wiimote to trigger drum loops.
Armada Sonora has posted a very funky little demo of iMS-20 and a Monotribe playing together with Korg SyncKontrol and WIST.
Video Description (Google & Me Translation):
Korg iMS-20 is an iPad app that aims to emulate the sound of classic Korg MS20 and add extra functionality such as Kaosspad, a sequencer, a drum machine and a song composer based on patterns. Korg Monotribe analog synthesizer is a ribbon controller. At least for me, this little guy has proven to be a surprise as it is a powerful synthesizer with character, that does justice to those legendary analog synthesizers that, several decades ago, Korg stopped producing.
The aim of the video is to show how, through SyncKontrol application, used on an iPhone, you can sync the digital world (iMS-20) with analog realm (Monotribe).
The video setup: SYNC iMS20 (iPad) is slaved to SyncKontrol (iPhone) through WIST. This way we can, from the iPhone, give play / stop commands and manipulate tempo. Monotribe is slaved to SyncKontrol (iPhone) connecting Monotribe Sync-IN to the output of the iPhone, using mini-plug cable. Thus, hitting play in SyncKontrol from the iPhone, we can establish perfect synchrony between iMS-20 and Monotribe, without MIDI.
iPad: output stereo audio, without intermediate processing. Monotribe: Aux mono output to a Monotron Delay. Monotron Delay: output monaural audio.
Using Monotron Delay enables us to expand the possibilities of sound experimentation with the Monotribe, but was not used for any further processing. This is a very easy to use in combination SYNC sync tools and WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology) to live analog and digital tools. There are other applications that support WIST sync as ReBirth, NLog and Tabletop, among many others. For information about music and technology, in Spanish, visit the blog: armadasonora-mx.blogspot.com