An experiment in music created on mobile

I had an idea the other day. I wondered what it might be like to have a collaborative Spotify playlist made up of just music made with mobile devices.

Now of course this presupposes that there is any music on Spotify that’s made with mobile devices. I’m not particularly aware of any, so I thought I’d post a link to this playlist to see if anyone could add tracks to it.

I’ve no real idea of where this will go, but I thought it would be an interesting experiment. If you’re a Spotify user then please add any tracks you think are even remotely related to mobile music. If you’re not a Spotify user and know of tracks, please leave details in the comments if you can.

Here’s the link for the playlist.

Thounds Up from Thounds

The description of this app gives you no idea about what it really does, but I’m interested to see how it pans out as I think that thounds has the potential to be a great collaborative platform.

Anyway, here’s the app’s description:

A new app from Thounds designed exclusively for iPad, helping you to compose and manipulate music by using your fingers.
This is the first release and new features yet improvements are coming very soon (including full integration with the collaborative music platform

The app is free.

Thounds Up - Thounds Inc.

iPads at the Apple Store Clip to Evernote

Jampipe is here and this could be a real collaboration solution

For ages I’ve been talking about collaboration on mobile platforms and how no one has come up with a solution so far. Well Jampipe seems to be a big step in the right direction. This is what Jampipe does:

Jampipe is a great new way to record and share your musical ideas over the internet. Got an idea for a song? Record it with Jampipe and see what other people add to it! Looking for inspiration? Browse other peoples recordings and add your part on top of theirs. Are you a band working on your next big hit? Start a ‘friends only’ jam to keep it under wraps.

I only found out about this app late yesterday so I haven’t had a chance to try it out as yet, but I think that this could have real potential for collaboration for mobile users.

Jampipe - Rotorware Ltd Clip to Evernote

Let the app collaboration begin

Over the last few days there has been some really exciting activity around apps connecting to each other on a single device using virtual MIDI ports. This is really exciting stuff, and I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that we can see much more of this from as many apps as possible.

So I’m asking developers to take a look at this document, or manifesto from Rolf the maker of NLog, and also to join this group to further the discussion on app collaboration.

Personally I think that this is just the beginning. I’d like this to move beyond MIDI into virtual audio and then who knows where it could go.

So please, if you’re a music app developer visit this group and read this document. Clip to Evernote

Music / Media / Social – Where are and where we should go

It is social media day so I thought I’d take this opportunity of looking at how mobile music making apps have integrated with social media so far, and what possibilities lie ahead.

Quite a few mobile apps have integrated with social media on the iPhone. Apps like Touch DJ which let you connect to facebook and twitter to say what you’re mixing, or PianoStudio, which lets you post your track to twitter, facebook or share via email. Then there’s Mixtikl 2 which converts a whole mix into a character string that can be pasted into twitter and anyone can listen to it online.

There are plenty more examples, and lots of good uses of social media in those apps, but essentially our use of social media inside apps is sharing of either what you’re doing creatively or the output of what you’re doing creatively, and I think that there’s a lot more potential to be had.

I think that projects like Genomestudio are moving in the right direction. Real time collaboration and sharing of musical ideas as they are forming is where I see musical social media going in the future.

I was really excited by the OhmStudio, but I think that mobile devices should be an integral part of this kind of exchange and collaboration. There have been a few concept devices around this idea, but nothing concrete as yet with the exception of Genomestudio.

Current social media sites like facebook, twitter and others aren’t really geared towards this kind of collaborative approach to sharing. The closest thing so far is Thounds, which does have a Thounds app for the iPhone. Perhaps there’s is a platform that could be built upon for real time collaboration using mobile devices with the ability to locate and connect with musicians around you to collaborate and share ideas and composition.

But is it too much to ask for? Social media is still evolving as is mobile music creation. My hope is that the two together could provide the tools and platforms to enable musicians to not only be able to be creative wherever they are, but also to find and collaborate with other musicians on an ad hoc basis.

We’ll see what the future holds.

Thounds iPhone app update

The Thounds iPhone app has been updated:

– you can set thound visibility on upload
– share on Twitter or via e-mail
– metronome starts before you begin recording
– proximity sensor enabled during recording
– show notifications number in the tab bar
– new used space display in settings app
– fixed login issues

Thounds app at the app store:

MyWerx for iPhone

I’ve not heard about this service, but they’ve brought out an iPhone app to allow you to share work and collaborate.

I’m interested to hear from anyone who’s used the service or knows if it is useful.

MyWerx Mobile for iPhone
MyWerx Mobile

Intermorphic on Mixtikl V2 vector audio

The Intermorphic Blog has been updated with more info on sharing mixes in Mixtikl V2. In the new version mixes can be shared via email and via a forum post to the Intermorphic forum which should allow for a lot more collaboration.

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Thounds, sounds like a great idea

As often happens I only found out about this service from a tweet. Thounds is a beta collaboration service that is developing an iPhone app too. It sounds (Thounds) really interesting.

I’ve emailed them and asked about whether they’ve thought about ioLibrary support in their app. When I hear back I’ll let you know.

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Creative Applications on Daisyphone

I remember when this app came out I thought it would be really interesting, but I never got the hang of it at all.

Shame really as it sounds really interesting according to this article at Creative Applications.

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