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Tune-in Tuesday: New iOS Made Music Picks

Here's this week's hand picked tracks from that creative bunch over at SoundCloud. After last week's fairly chilled picks we thought a slightly more uptempo selection would be in order, so here we go:

'Electric Box' by Future Grey

Crafted by San Francisco based Future Grey, we agree with what some of the commenters have said, this has a Bowie feel about it at times which is, of course, no bad thing at all.

We like this track a lot and we are sorry we haven't featured Future Grey's music before now as he has been a part of our SoundCloud group since we started it a few months ago.

'interrupción-de-cuenta-a-cero' by heidellberg

Built on a chunky guitar riff foundation, this track by Heidelberg from Argentina picks up nicely about half way through when the fittingly distorted and spacey vocals kick in. Great Indie stuff.

'Time Lord Bangin'' by GMAN GROOVES

We just enjoyed listening to this track so much that we had to share it with you. These nasty sounding beats were made with Korg's iELECTRIBE (Gorillaz edition) by GMAN GROOVES from Mexico and we like it a lot. 

Over to you 

We always want to hear your iOS created sounds, so here's how you can get them to us:

  • Join our iPad Creative SoundCloud group then click on the 'Share a Track' button on the group page  
  • If you're on a computer, click 'Send us your sounds' at top of the sidebar ---> 
  • Leave us a link to your track on SoundCloud in the comments below

We're looking forward to hearing you soon.

Gorillaz 'The Fall' - The Lowdown


By now, you may already have heard the rest of The Fall, Gorillaz new album recorded primarily on the iPad. We mentioned it in our last post, but if you haven't heard it, the whole album can be streamed for free on a dedicated page at the Gorillaz site.

Music is, of course, highly subjective and The Fall is a bit of a mixed bag musically. If you like the Gorillaz previous work or are a fan of electronic based music, then you may well enjoy it as we did, but we know that some people will not be quite so keen.

Whatever your opinion of the music itself, we think you can't fail to be impressed that the album was made primarily on an iPad, in hotel rooms and tour buses, over a period of just 32 days, whilst the band were busy with their 'day job' of performing live in front of thousands of fans.

It feels a bit futuristic to say that a portable tablet device can replace a recording studio, at least in many ways. What is interesting for us especially, as dabblers in all things musical, are the iPad apps that were used to create the album, and we have listed them below.

It should be noted that the iPad wasn't the only instrument used in the creation of The Fall. The site mentions that the other instruments used were Korg Vocoder, Ukelele, Microkorg, Omnichord, Moog Voyager, Melodica, Guitar, Piano, Korg Monotron.

This was in addition to vocals recorded by the band and also on Track 13, Bobby in Phoenix, Bobby Womack. Oh and we shouldn't forget 'Track' 15 Seattle Yodel featuring the Archie McPhee Yodelling Pickle.

Give the album a listen if you haven't already and then check the links below to read more about each app used. As always, we would like to know what you think, of both the album and the use of the iPad in this way, let us know in the comments. 

So without further ado, here are the iPad Applications used to create The Fall, with links where we could find them: 

Speak It! / SoundyThingie / Mugician / Solo Synth (despite digging around, we couldn't find an app with this name) / Synth / Funk Box / Gliss / AmpliTube / Xenon / iElectribe / BS-16i / M3000 HD / Cleartune / iOrgel HD / Olsynth / StudioMiniXI / BassLine / Harmonizer (check out the overlay template for your iPad on this page) / Dub Siren Pro / Moog Filatron

Gorillaz Preview 'Made-on-an-iPad' album

As you may already know, the new album from cartoon rockstars Gorillaz, entitled The Fall has been 'made on an iPad' and there has been much anticipation of the album release. The 15 iPad composed tracks are described as a 'musical diary' recorded during the Gorillaz recent 32 day North American tour, reflecting the sounds and experiences of the places they visited.

The track in the video above, 'Phoner to Arizona' is the first track off the album and has been released today as a sneak peek. Tomorrow, paid subscribers to Gorillaz fan club Sub Division will be able to download the album for free, but even if you are not a member of the fan club you will be able to stream all 15 tracks from tomorrow here.

We are looking forward to hearing the rest of the tracks, but at the moment we are reminded of a BTTF quote, "That's very interesting music, Marty".

Gorillaz in your iPad


We like creative use of technology, especially when it involves the iPad, and so we were intrigued to see the rather 'animated' band Gorillaz produce an iPad (and iPhone) app that ties in to the promotional ecosphere around their third album, Plastic Beach, released in March this year.

There is a lot of content on the Gorillaz site to draw people in to their slightly bonkers universe including games, music and video. Now they have managed to extend their reach to iOS device users with Escape to Plastic Beach for iPad.

It uses the glider vehicle concept to transport the band member Murdoch around Plastic Beach with a chase theme, hazards to avoid, a little bit of shoot-em-up and some puzzle solving too throughout the eight '3D' levels of the game.

What is clever about this though, besides the obvious band members featured in the game, is the soundtrack to the game which of course is Gorillaz' own music. Hearing it in the background can either bring in new fans or encourage current fans to listen again, keeping the Gorillaz brand fresh in their minds.  A nice way to keep people involved in the band's universe.

As far as the iPad visuals go, they look great and the game makes good use of the iPad's control system. For just £1.19 ($1.99) it is a fun and entertaining distraction, especially if you already like the band and their music.

There have been a few game tie-ins from other bands but none have come up with anything so original as a complete, animated environment to host their fans in, so hats off to Gorillaz for their inventive creativity on this one.

The video below from YouTube user stuartdredge gives us a look at the first few minutes of gameplay from first launch.  Take a look: