The State of Mobile Music

Well, here we are half way through 2008 and it has been a very interesting year already. There’s been a real expansion in terms of the number of platforms for mobile music making, and some very interesting new applications as well. So it I thought it might be worth stopping for a moment to think about where we are.

DS Platform
This year we’ve seen the Korg DS-10 announcement and Groovestep too, although the later have been very quiet for some time now, so I hope they’re still going ahead with their app. Of course, both of these were in addition to the wide variety of homebrew apps already available, such as Protein, GlitchDS, and DS Synth, to name a few. What else will come up for the DS platform, and when the DS-10 does arrive how will it be received?

Palm and Windows Mobile
There’s not been a huge number of new applications for either platform. However, we have seen SunVox, an amazing cross platform modular application that runs on Palm OS and Windows Mobile. Also, TrakAx, the multimedia tool for Windows Mobile has done great things this year, and of course Intermorphic have announced their new Mixtikl app for windows mobile coming later this year.

iPod Touch and iPhone
Of course the next big thing is the coming of the iPhone and iPod app store and real third party apps on this platform. Already we’ve seen miniMusic amongst a number of developers aiming at this platform. Will it be a real next step for mobile music?I hope so, but time will tell.

And also …
Of course, there’s more to mobile music than the platforms above. There’s been a good deal of new hardware news too, like the release of the Pacemaker DJ device and the announcement of the Korg nano series. Also, there are more platforms on the way, like Google’s Android platform, and ALP, and Palm’s new Linux based OS too. Who knows what these will bring?

So far?
So good. If you’d asked me in 2006 or early 2007 what the future was for mobile music making I’d probably have said that it was grim at best. Now, I’ve changed my mind in a big way. I think that for the first time in a number of years mobile music has a real chance to take off, especially with mainstream (and cool) manufacturers like Apple getting in on the act.

So let’s hope that the second half of 2008 is even more packed with applications, developments and mobile music making.

Discuss at the Palm Sounds Group …

More circuit bending goodness from Concretedog

Concretedog has a new post on bent Casio SA8. Looks very interesting.

TrakAx Mobile on the verge of a major upgrade

TrakAx Mobile is expecting a huge upgrade very soon. There are some amazing new features in this release, including:

  • Pan and zoom effects for still images
  • Expanded transition choices
  • Photo and video effects and borders
  • Improved text rendering and colour choice
  • Improved media search
  • Themes for credits

trakAxMobile – Sneak Peak! from Catriona Barry on Vimeo.

This is what the new mix screen will look like:

Here is the expanded transitions and new effects:

The pan and zoom features for still images will make using them mixed in with video far more straightforward.

Searching for media looks like it will be easier using a date driven search.

All in all this will be a really significant upgrade to TrakAx Mobile. It is excellent to see it being developed and going from strength to strength.

Apple’s own iPhone applications …

There’s been lots of news today about the possibility of Apple offering a free iPhone app to control iTunes 7.7 over wifi. That set me thinking.

Since Apple announced that they were going to make third party applications available on their iPhone platform lots of bloggers have been talking about which developers would enter into the iPhone app market and what would they bring. I’ve been talking about it too. But, what will Apple themselves bring to the platform?

Let’s face it, they are very good at creative applications at all levels, from entry / home user to pro. So, why wouldn’t they use their expertise to offer up some really interesting applications of their own?

Mixtikl on the way

There’s a new post on the intermorphic blog giving a little bit more news about Mixtikl.

Can’t wait to see it in action.

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CDM on MIDIFY for Nintendo handhelds

CDM has a post on MIDIFY which lets you add a MIDI port to you Nintendo handheld.

CDM also has an interesting post on a load of new and updated DS homebrew. Well worth taking a look.

Things are really getting interesting for the DS platform…

Mobile Music Workshop 2008 Creative Interactions

The Mobile music workshop have published a catalogue of the last 5 years contributions to the workshop, which is a good way to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the workshop. I hope they run many more, especially if they can be in the UK next year.

You may have noticed …

That the posting has been somewhat erratic, or in fact none existent lately. Well, things have been a little unsettle over the last week or so, hence the disruption to Palm Sounds. However, hopefully things are returning to normal, and so the posts should flow again soon.

If you’ve emailed me at Palm Sounds in the last week or so and I haven’t replied, please email again as I may not have received it.

Gearwire on Korg Nano Series

Gearwire have got their hands on the new nano series of controllers from Korg.

There’s also some early indication on price here, which isn’t bad really.

What I’d love to see though is someone making these compatible with the Korg DS-10!

LDB: Java Drum Midlet for mobiles!

I should check the Palm Sounds mailbox more regularly. Thanks to Johan for this. He’s built this excellent looking java midlet drum machine.

You can find out all about it and a link to download it here.

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