Usmar performed his whole EP Desktockage Avant Travaux, in what appears to be a barn on a collision course with the sun!
Readers @GetOfaMahLawn and Simon White alerted me to some freebies today!
Thanks to reader and 5-time Grammy winner Mervyn Warren for pointing out that the OnSong give away has ended.
OnSong iTunes Description:
With OnSong, you can manage huge collections of chord sheets for your band or worship team on a simple, lightweight device. Quickly pull and reorder lists and flip from one song to the next with ease. Transpose and highlight chords or change font size with a brush of your finger! Playing music has never been more simple. This software is built for live performance musicians.
You can import songs directly from online sources, or add your own songs with the built-in editor. Just type the song like you would expect and surround your chords in square brackets inline with your lyrics. It's that easy! OnSong automatically detects sections and titles for you when you end them with a colon.
You can also import your existing songs using iTunes file sharing. OnSong supports PDF, Word, Pages, JPG, PNG, TIFF, ChordPro and text file formats.
When you have your set just the way you want it, share it with your band members over Bluetooth with their iPads. Listen to the song you are playing directly from your iPod library, play a metronome or get the music iTunes with just one click.
Update: PixiTracker is also free, from the developer of SunVox, for those of you who missed the last sale back in 2011!
Although OnSong usually costs $10, there are IAPs including a $4 MIDI tax. Here is a review by MoreThanGuitar.
Something else was posted here but it was either embarrassing or not intended for public consumption, because it was immediately removed by the owner. So here is an amusing performance by Chinese pop star PixiTea instead, using iPhones to make music!
Reader Steve Raizen contributed to the Bedroom Cassette Masters Volume Three, an album comprising tracks composed in bedrooms all across the world on cassette tapes between 1980-89. Steve's own song was actually recorded in 2013 on his iPad, but with a 1988 vibe. He even released this fun video for the track Frozen Lonesome; featuring the apps bleep!BOX, iMini, iMS-20, LoopyHD, and Auria.
A couple of new trainer apps have come out this week, covering everyone on both Android and iPhone.
On iPhone is PitchTrainer! which is free, with no IAPs, and an invitation to participate in pitch perception research at the Absolute Pitch Study.
PitchTrainer! iTunes Description:
PitchTrainer! presents two musical games - PitchMatch and Tone Scramble - to test and train your sense of musical pitch. These games were designed by researchers at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in NY. Whether you play a musical instrument or not, you should be able to improve your sense of pitch with PitchTrainer!
The PitchMatch and Tone Scramble games track your progress in real-time using a progress bar. Your current and best previous score is also displayed so that you can try to improve.
PitchTrainer! offers players an opportunity to participate in research on pitch perception. PitchTrainer! players who are interested in learning more and participating in related research studies may contact us at our website: http://www.absolutepitchstudy.com/pitchtrainer.html
[Tim note: The page is 404, I called and it should be live within 24 hours!]
If you enroll in our research study, the app will also allow you to participate as a research subject.
And on Android, Chords in Keys offers some real music theory training in addition to quiz style gameplay.
Chords in Keys Google Play Description:
'Music Theory - Chords in Keys' is a simple app that will train you to learn what all the major, minor and diminished chords are in all 12 major keys; an extremely useful skill for any musician!
'Music Theory - Chords in Keys' will display a major key and a Roman numeral chord number; you then have to work out what the chord is in that major key. A summary of the relevant music theory of chords and major keys is included in the help pages. With practice, you will know instantly what all the basic chords are in all 12 major keys, and you will be a better musician because of it.
- No ads
- Low cost
- No gimmicks
- Simple clear layout
- No music-reading skills required!
This app is ideal for guitarists, pianist, brass players, wind players, strings players, singers and just about anyone that would like to improve their knowledge of chords and keys.