Jordan Rudess on Bebot for iPhone

I’d avoided the app for quite a while as it didn’t seem that interesting to me, until I saw this video, and now I’ve got to get it as it looks amazing!

Bebot available on the iTune AppStore

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Pierre is making …

I had to share this comment from Pierre:

Thanks to the recent discovery of your blog, I’ve just begun using an older Ipaq to create music. I currently own an Ipaq 3835, which given it’s limited processor, works remarkably well. The OS is PPC 2002.

Thanks to your coverage, I’ve purchased Griff and downloaded Syntrax. I also have been playing with demos of Audio Box and Pocket Jam.

For years, I considered buying one of Yamaha’s QY pocket devices. While they seemed very capable, the size and weight seemed to be a bit too much hassle. Also, I don’t have a Midi interface on my PC so connectivity was an issue as well.

Imagine my surprise when I found that older pocket PCs could be purchased for very little money and the software was of very high quality and affordable too! I can’t thank you enough for bringing these devices to my attention.

Once I come to terms with all my new toys, I’ll gladly share.


Thanks for that comment Pierre, that made my day, and, very cool blog indeed. Feel free to share your creations anytime.

I had been thinking about doing another set of videos on using older PPCs with apps like Griff, PocketJam, Phoenix Studio etc, and your comment made me decide that I really ought to do it. Thanks.

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What are you making?

I was on the train today, and, as usual I spent the journey making music using a handheld device. It made me think that all the people who read this probably do the same sort of thing on journeys, in the odd break here and there etc.

So, I wondered, ‘what are you making now?’ It’d be great to get a view on what people are making, what kind of music, what hardware, what software etc.

I spent my journey getting my head around Mixtikl and starting to use a bunch of loops to make a mix rather than just playing with the demo. It was fun.

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MIDI Motion Machine for iPhone

MIDI Motion Machine is a new controller for the iPhone. Here’s what the developer’s site says about the app:

Tilt your iPhone/iPod Touch from side to side to control your MIDI capable software. As a bonus, MMM also has 16 note trigger pads that overlay it’s accelerometer display. Trigger beats and samples while you tilt your iPhone/iPod Touch to control your sounds.

  • X/Y Tilt control of MIDI Messages. MIDI CC #’s are configurable from an easy to use Settings menu.
  • 5 user presets, selectable from the bottom of the screen, allow you to set up configurations for different software or to control many more parameters at the touch of a button. User presets hold information about MIDI Channel, and X/Y MIDI CC #’s.
  • 16 note trigger pads allow you to trigger sounds while you tilt to mangle those sounds in real-time.
  • X/Y MIDI Teach buttons allow you to easily configure your MIDI capable Applications that have MIDI Learn functionality.

MIDI Motion Machine available on the iTunes App Store

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Synth Glove, With Arduino & Max/MSP

I saw this on Synthtopia and thought that it was very ‘handheld’ indeed. Especially as it has a glove built in to it. Nice sound too.

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