Having used Aurora on 2 platforms so far (Windows Mobile and the iPhone) I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the iPad, and from a tweet earlier today 4Pockets have said it is due out tomorrow!
I started to think about this after seeing the video for NanoStudio. It is amazing to think that you can now have a 24 track DAW on your mobile phone together with a huge range of synths and drum machines and countless other amazing apps. But does this raise the bar too high for developers?
Sure we all want the next amazing app for creating music on any given device, but it wasn’t that long ago that getting a simple drum sequencer on your PDA was a miracle in itself.
I can remember being amazed when I first saw Microbe for the Palm OS and when Bhajis Loops appeared I struggled to accept it was true at all.
I wonder now how many developers there are out there who have ideas and projects that we’ll never see because they think there’s no market left for them.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating going back to when the majority of mobile music apps were toys, but I do think that there’s room for all kinds of mobile music apps, not just the most powerful and complex tools, but also apps that take a more experimental tangent into music creation. Apps that appeal to non-musicians and encourage creativity without any musical knowledge and training.
Pixelh8’s software for his marching samba band is a good example of this. An application running on a DS that encourages kids to make music under the context of gaming. That kind of thing helps children to explore music through a device their already familiar with and that has to be a positive thing.
So where am I going with this? I’m not entirely sure. I guess I want to encourage diversity in mobile music as much as possible because I think that diversity in the range of applications will continue to bring people into more creative activities wherever they are.
As always, I’m really interested to know what you all think. I’m sure there’ll be lots of views!