Recollections of PalmSounds: Justin – Unthinkable

It’s been lovely to get so many responses from so many people to celebrate PalmSounds turning 10 years old this month. But this one from Justin really tells a story …

“I can’t quite remember when I first found Palm Sounds, but it went something like this. I’d just bought my first iPhone and wanted to know what music making stuff was available for it. One google search later and I couldn’t believe my luck. It seemed that someone was dedicating their life to answering my question in the fullest way possible. The Palm Sounds blog was one of those things, that hopefully we all have, that reminded my why the web is still a very good thing. This was not just a website but a human mission to fill a gap in our understanding of the world, and its emerging potential.

Can you imagine my stages of grief then when about a year later I read a post saying that it was all coming to an end – the mission was eating up too much its creators life. Ashley Elsdon the man behind Palm Sounds was telling me the party was over. Well I simply stayed in the denial phase. I left his blog in my feed reader, dead as a donut. Every few weeks I’d check in again and re-read that final post for clues.

My own interest in digital music making is a long one and at this time I had started doing creative projects with the fabulous arts organisation Heart n Soul. I was starting to think about ways that iPhones and iPads could be used by people with learning disabilities to make their own music and develop their expressivity. Of course I turned to Palm Sounds, now an immense archive and showed my boss at Heart n Soul what was now possible. To my joy and surprise the constant pressure that Ashley’s fans had put on him to get back in the saddle had worked – Palm Sounds was back!

Well this time I wasn’t going to let this slip through my fingers, so I got in touch and asked if we could meet for lunch, like a proper stalker. We met, we got on, we had the most expansive of conversations and I determined that this was a man I’d like to work with. As soon as an opportunity arose I pulled Ashley in to my own company Unthinkable as an expert advisor. I now know why Palm Sounds is so good and was so ahead of its time, it is driven by the most humble and dedicated visionary I’ve met. Here is to the next 10 years – cheers!”

Justin – Director at Unthinkable.

I have to add that it’s been great to be a part of the work that Justin pulled me into at SoundLab and to be a part of the team at Unthinkable too.

Video: NOIZ – Nautilus by Strago

Video description:

“Stragos – Nautilus originally released on 12” vinyl copyright Niteshade Inc.

@snookssound / @niteshadeinc

NOIZ is a new way to play music that moves beyond listening and gives anyone the power to control, shape and mashup music live.

Touch and drag shapes on the beautifully designed interfaces to create intricate mashups. Feel the power as you trigger beats, fills and effects to create dramatic drops and dynamic build ups. No longer just a static composition the music becomes alive, exciting and full of tension – like an artist performing live.”

Video published by Studio Amplify.

NOIZ on the app store:

Video: MODSTEP work – Extra interview material – haQ VLog 86

Video description:

“I’m talking about last week and how it was working on the latest MODSTEP tutorial. I’m also announcing extra material coming from the interview I did with Max Sokoleski on Modulars.”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

Video: Max Sokoleski on Modulars and Modular Workflow

Video description:

“Max Sokoleski on Modulars and Modular Workflow. This not just an interview. It’s also a manual on how to think when it comes to workflow, and optimizing your studio for truly carefree, creative sessions!”

Video published by Jakob Haq.


Video description:

“Jordan Rudess takes you through how to play a basic scale on GeoShred and then uses the notes in that scale to teach you how to play Beethoven’s Ode To Joy.
GeoShred is the ultimate iPad instrument!”

Video published by Jordan Rudess.

GeoShred on the app store:

NOIZ 1.5 arrives

NOIZ 1.5 is here with new things for this great music creation app. Here’s what’s new:

  • Check out some deep bass & dubby beats in the new Surface “Nautilus” by Strago
  • New snap option in the Pattern Editor (1/16, 1/32, OFF)
  • Added a videos page, accessible from the side menu

Video Tutorial: Using the Step Sequencer in modstep

Video description:

“Jakob Haq explains how to use the Step Sequencer in modstep to create melodies, to manipulate them in many different ways, or to start jamming with note repeat and the keyboard or pads.”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

modstep on the app store:

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