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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".