I’ve been a fan of Adrian Belew’s work for a very long time, and when he started releasing iOS apps it was a great opportunity to understand more of his creative process. So it was amazing to get the chance to interview him and talk about his soundtrack for Pixar’s new short ‘Piper’, his unique ‘Flux by Belew’ app which contains a wealth of original content both audio and visual, and his ‘FLUX:FX’ apps which I’ve used extensively and have been very well received by the mobile music community.
Having never spoken to Adrian before it became apparent almost immediately that here was an artist who’s creative vision was truly phenomenal. Adrian’s ideas for ‘Flux by Belew’ span more than 3 decades, and when you use the app you can really appreciate that.
Adrian’s ‘FLUX:FX’ apps have expanded the creative horizons for a lot of mobile musicians, myself included. It’s an app with a huge amount of depth and superb possibilities, which Adrian described …
“There’s just nothing else that does what FLUX:FX does”,
“…an amazing set of miracles in our pocket!”
“I love that idea, when you do the impossible”
And for the record I think he’s right. But it was interesting to know that “(he) was really enthralled by the idea that so much technology and ability could be put into an app and you could charge such a low price for something that would take you thousands of dollars to do if you had all the gear, and even then there’s no way to do it!”
But don’t just take my word for it, listen to the interview and hear what he has to say on all of these subjects:
If you don’t know these apps you should definitely take a look Flux by Belew (his app of constantly changing music, sounds and visuals), FLUX:FX (iPad version) and FLUX:FX play, his excellent FX apps for iOS. They’re all really worth checking out.
I hope you enjoy the interview, and a massive thank you to Adrian Belew for making time available to talk, it was a lot of fun for me!