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mylar melodies: How I played Moogfest with just an iPhone

Popular modular YouTuber mylar melodies was invited to perform at Moogfest. They were probably expecting him to do something with gear, but he did the whole set using just his iPhone!

Embedded here is a detailed explanation of the how he did it.

Video Description:

So I did an improvised 40-minute ambient live set at Moogfest, using just the phone in my pocket. This video explains how. Link to the full set, all apps used in this video below! Hit subscribe and share this, yo!

Full Set: https://youtu.be/7xhWLtRQ6Aw
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Reader Comments 5

How is it possible to use Samplr on a iPhone (since it is built for iPad only) ?
May 14, 2019  | person ERixoff
Skipped around. Sounds like it’s mostly about Xynthesizr. (Haven’t played much with that one, especially since it’s not AUv3.)

Did catch the comment near the end about how easy it is to make electronic music but developing taste takes years. That’s actually something important to keep in mind. Most of electronic musicking isn’t as much about technique as instrumental performance would be. But the real skill is in making key decisions based on taste. In that sense, it’s a bit like design. In graphic design, for instance, people typically don’t need to be very skilled at drawing, but they do need to make many decisions as they craft something.
Part of the reason this is important to me is that there’s a whole lot of hype about AI/ML in electronic music. Sure, you can get machines to create crazy complex things that a human might not be able to do (or think to do). But the real work of it is in “cherrypicking” which results sound best. It can be the same thing with randomization. By comparison, what Machine Learning can do is to increase the proportion of “good stuff” in the output of the generative process. But you still need to develop taste.
Also, it’s not just a matter of having “good taste”. It’s much more about having a unique approach to what you pick and what you throw away. Many engineers believe (with something akin to religious fervour) that there’s a way to discover the “rules of taste” and eventually get a machine to do it. Maybe something like that could happen, consistently producing music which sounds good to some people most of the time. It could even be “creative”, in both technical and æsthetic meanings of the term. But: a) Where’s the fun in that? and b) That’d be like having a machine produce the same kind of food all the time.

(I’m waiting for ML and AI hypers to openly admit that they want machines to have fun so that they themselves don’t have to.)
On May 14, 2019 - @Enkerli said:
(I’m waiting for ML and AI hypers to openly admit that they want machines to have fun so that they themselves don’t have to.)
Douglas Adams is best known for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but his Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is also quite good. It's full of lively and inventive characters. One such character in the first book is an Electric Monk. It is described like this:

The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.
Your comment there reminded me of that. I'm a big fan of generative music making, but I don't think I need a machine to have fun for me. It's more likely that ML will be used to create a personal soundtrack. Just your own ambient noise to fill in the day. I don't think it would be very rewarding to press a button and have a machine write an album for you, and I don't think anyone is pushing for that.
Man! I loved that book! I didn’t remember the quote but it’s exactly the part of DNA’s work I found so much fun.

And I really like the way you describe creating a personal soundtrack. Really agreed that doing it yourself is much more rewarding. Thing is, though, I’m hearing quite a few people who push for “machine-written albums”, in one way or another.
Guess I should listen to those people less and listen to you more. ;-)
Pretty much the best ad for Xvnthisizr....

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