Another smartphone disappointment?

Palm are set to announce another smartphone on the 12th according to this page. I’m betting that it isn’t going to bring anything new though.

How interfaces effect your music

I was listening to “From Trash” by John Foxx today. It’s a cracking electro-pop album. It made me think about making some really chunky elecro-pop tracks, and that made me think about using AudioBox Micro Composer to make some tracks, because AudioBox works well with that style of music.

I think it is interesting that different interfaces lend themselves to different musical styles more than others. In some ways I think that Microbe is similar in that it lends itself to writing that kind of synthy pop.

I can’t immediately think of other apps that I use and particular styles that I associate with them, but I wonder if it is a negative thought that I associate applications and styles in this way? Perhaps it is something I need to try and break out of by writing music in those applications that goes contrary to my preconceptions.

Response to comment on Basics: Devices

Thanks to (DrBunsen) for this comment / question on the Basics: Devices post:

“Any thoughts on the best Palm device for serial MIDI? I bought a IIxe – 8mb, AAA batteries and a serial port – for this purpose, but I’m not pleased with the screen contrast.”

I can understand your issues with the IIIxe and contrast. If you’re using serial to MIDI then the other devices you might try are:

* IIIc: Same as the IIIxe but with a colour screen
* Palm m500, m505, m515, m130 are all worth looking at as they support serial and also have SD slots

I hope this helps. If you need any more, please email palm dot sounds at mac dot com

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