Sunvox blog on Warmplace

Good to remember that back in 2005 mobile music did exist although in a much smaller way indeed. The Sunvox blog has this post on NightRadio’s first album made on a Palm Tungsten T with Psytexx. Amazing to think how things have changed. Follow the link and have a listen to the music.

A track made in Bhajis, from my Punchdrunk project

This is a track made in Bhajis Loops as part of a collection of 60 tracks that was to called ‘Punch Drunk’. I’m still working on getting the whole thing finished, but I thought that I’d share some of the tracks to see if anyone has any views on them.The original plan was that there would be 60 tracks each of 60 seconds long, which explains why this track is only a minute long!I will be putting more of these up on SoundCloud in the next few weeks, hopefully on a regular basis.

Words and lyrics?

I focus a lot of attention on making music, but never much on lyrics and words.


Sometimes it is really hard to think of lyrics to for songs. So why not use Fridge magnet poetry? Of course, it needs to be on a palm, and Pocket Poetry fits the bill.

It is just like having magnetic poetry on your fridge door, but instead it is in your PDA.

All you have to do is to make sure you’ve got plenty of words in the word lists in the app and you can use it to make lyrics to your heart’s content.

Capers applets… end of the line sadly

Well, I have to admit defeat on this one. I have been chasing the developer for months with no reply at all, so I am going to give up on this particular project I’m afraid.

Sorry

Palm OS4 Museum

I’ve often posted on old OS4 music apps, many of which are no longer available anymore. I had a thought the other day that maybe I should start off an OS4 museum with pictures and apps too so these pioneering applications could still be seen and used by anyone that still wanted them.

In some cases this isn’t so easy as the apps aren’t freeware or demos, but it is a thought that I may pursue at some point.

Mobile Studio: Palm RhythmPro

I’ve posted before on my old OS4 clie which is now my Palm Music Museum. Over time I’m trying to write something about all of these old apps and dig out pictures where possible.

So, today’s OS4 treat is:

RhythmPro

I have to start by saying that this is a little bit of a cheat. RhythmPro is a also an OS5 application, but like a few that have persisted it started off quite a while ago.

RhythmPro lets you create and play your own custom drum patterns with real digitized drum sounds on a Palm handheld. Or it can also be used as a versatile and extremely accurate metronome. You can create rhythm patterns in almost any imaginable time signature, save and organize your patterns into categories, and play them using your choice of four different display modes for optimal visual and audio feedback. Set the tempo for each pattern using the onscreen controls or just tap the screen twice in time and RhythmPro calculates the tempo of your taps and begins playing. Other included features:

  • Ability to build rhythm patterns using digitized drum sounds (hi-hat, snare, bass, and cowbell) or using musical tones at any pitch from 50 to 4000 Hz.
  • Customizable relative volume for each type of beat sound.
  • Extremely accurate playback with timing accuracy of 0.00017 BPM (the highest accuracy possible on Palm devices).
  • Ability to create patterns in any time signature up with up to 40 beats per measure.
  • Playback at any rate from 1 to 400 BPM (beats per minute).
  • A self-check features monitors the playback to tell you if your playback tempo surpasses the ability of your Palm’s hardware to play the rhythm with accurate timing.
  • Whenever possible the CPU is put to sleep between each beat to limit battery power consumption.
  • Four different visual display modes during playback, including an animated metronome and other modes showing you the entire beat pattern or the current beat.
  • Measure counter with option to automatically stop playing after a set number of measures.
  • Six sample rhythm patterns included.

RhythmPro has an appealing interface that makes the application a pleasure to work with.

Whilst it has a fairly standard interface for rhythm programming it has good methods of feedback to the user and that’s important when working in a small form factor.

Also, the metronome function is implemented very well indeed.

Mobile Studio: Palm OS4: MelodyPad

I think I did use this app for a while, but not too long. It looks nice, and has a MIDI import / export (which is great if you own a PC) but it hasn’t been maintained sadly. It would have been nice if it was.

This is what PalmGear says about the app:

“MelodyPad is a musical application for Palm(TM) handheld devices for playing, creating, editing and storing songs or melodies on the handheld. You can simply use MelodyPad as a pocket keyboard, or record songs and melodies as you play. Powerful editing features allow you to capture all nuances and make the melody exactly the way you want it. Complete documentation is included. A conduit to download MelodyPad songs and MIDI export will be available soon. Please see product website for MIDI samples.
Updated Description:

1.0 (1/02/02) – In this update, a conduit to download MelodyPad files from the the handheld to a PC has been added, along with a utility for generating MIDI files from the downloaded MelodyPad files. Please see the README.TXT files in the zip for details.”

Mobile Studio: Palm OS4: Theremini

Theremini emulates a Theremin using the speaker in Palm devices and the pen to control amplitude and frequency. It is also able to control MIDI sound modules in real time.

Theremini is of course the predecessor to AxisPad from miniMusic. It is a fantastic little application and one of the first I ever used on my palm. As it worked with external MIDI devices I used to use it with my old Swivel Systems SG20 module. I do miss that old MIDI module, I wish I’d kept it now, they’re pretty much impossible to get hold of these days, I don’t think I’ve seen one on eBay for years.

Theremini is one of those applications that you just have to play with once in a while. For the same reason I love AxisPad, and I’m really looking forward to when it can record and export as well.

Theremini is really worth a try if you’ve never played with an app like it, and you should check out Pete Moss’ web site too, as it is quite an interesting place!

Mobile Studio: Palm OS4: ThumbMusic

ThumbMusic is a digital kalimba, the application requires at least a Palm III with OS 3.0. It is a really small app running in about 3k of memory. If you click on the title of the post you’ll go to a web page about the app and there you can download the source code for it too.

I use this on my clie T425. Which is an old OS4 device, in fact a monochrome one at that, but fine for running older palm applications that won’t run in OS5.

MiniTones

I saw this app on PalmInfoCenter. I’ve never been keen on ringtones and ringtone apps, but as this is freeware I thought it might be fun to try out.

This small freeware app allows you to select a MP3 file and add it to your ringtone list in Sounds. It also features a file splitter so you can use a section of a song instead of the whole song. A drawback to this is that it copies the file to main memory and can be a memory hog. Usage of the files does not require the app to be installed.

Note: This app does NOT convert a MP3 to MIDI. It only adds a MP3 into the sounds list.

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