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.

Mobile Music, Community and Social Media

Let’s face it. Communities are difficult at the best of times. But since the very beginning of mobile music users and developers have formed and grown their own communities. Now with  social media community gets easier in many ways, but also it becomes more difficult.

You might be wondering why I’m posting about mobile music and community. It’s a fair question. Now more than ever I think that community and social sharing is important for music, not just mobile music either.

Plenty has been done in communities and social media within the mobile music community, but I’d like to spend a little time exploring what it means and where it might go next.

It seems like these days every developer has a forum and a Facebook page and at least one twitter account. Many have multiple twitter accounts each one dealing with its own app and often a Facebook page per app and that’s ignoring the explosion of soundcloud groups that are available either per app or for numerous other groups too. So with this proliferation of information sources what do we get? Confused possibly?

There are so many ways to share and post sounds, music and what you’re doing with it. It has become confusing. So what kind of connections between mobile music and social media make sense and what doesn’t.

I can understand sharing options like the ones in SoundCloud on uploading tracks, but I can think of a whole load more and I don’t really understand why these aren’t in more apps.

We seem to share virtually everything these days, from pictures with apps like instagram to our own location through foursquare. So why don’t we extend the social sharing in music making apps in more ways? Location is something that I think is wholly underused in music making app, although I’m pleased to see RJDJ’s Project Now app is on the way through the Apple review process now.

Location would make sense in mobile music in a big way. I’d personally find it very useful to be able to collect projects by location and see a map of where I’d worked on a track. It would be really interesting to see the locations that made more creative sense for me, and to take it a step further it would be interesting to see where other people found their best inspiration.

But as we share so much of what we do on a constant basis, from where we’ve bought coffee to what we’re eating for lunch, why can’t we do this with music making as well? Why don’t apps let you tweet or post what you’re doing in them as you’re doing it? Making a patch, mixing a track, etc. Apart from being good ongoing PR for the developer it could also be a good way to share tips and knowledge as you go through working with your music.

So, there are a few thoughts on community and social media. I’d like to see more sharing and better ways to interact, although that veers into collaboration and that’s a topic for another day entirely.

Let me know what you think.

Shoudio looks like it could be very interesting

Shoudio is a location based audio platform for sharing sounds / snippets. Here’s some of the stuff you can do with it:

What are you hearing? Instantly record and publish interesting soundsnippets.
Move around and check nearby, popular and recent audio recordings 
Add your friends and other interesting people.
Hashtag radio
Make your own channels or tune into some. 
Crosspost your recordings to Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
Embed your stream
Add your recordings with the html5 ready widget to your sites and blogs 
iTunes & Email
Let followers instantly subscribe via iTunes podcast or mail any Shoudio recording
Fancy up your recordings with a picture.

Shoudio is free

  • Record and share Location Based Audio
  • Discover places of the world through sound
  • Hear what others heard
  • Share your Shoudios on Facebook, Twitter and iTunes
  • It’s free!

I guess in some ways it is quite similar to SoundCloud, but it has a few other features that SoundCloud doesn’t, or at least not at yet anyway. I may give it a try and see what it’s like

Shoudio - Open & Sociaal Clip to Evernote

Reminder: Put your tracks in the Palm Sounds SoundCloud Group

Thanks to everyone who’s put their tracks in the group so far, I’m trying to feature one or two a day if possible, so put your tracks in and make sure you put in what apps are used in the comments. Clip to Evernote

Audiosilverlining on Thounds

Audio Silver Lining posts about Thounds which is a service I should spend a bit more time with. Also, I didn’t know that you could connect your Thounds account to your SoundCloud account which is really useful. Clip to Evernote

SoundCloud app update

SoundCloud’s iPhone app gets a nice update:

  • horizontal player with larger waveform
  • leave timed comments in horizontal player
  • increased the streaming buffer size (please continue to let us know how the streaming performs for you)


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.

Getting audio into StudioTrack using AudioView

I’m guessing this would work for AudioForge too?


Thanks to Adrian for alerting me to this app. It looks like this could be a really useful way of keeping a library of pasteboard files. Here’s the app’s description:

Pastemaster takes the long awaited copy-paste functionality of the iPhone one step further. It is a pasteboard (or clipboard) manager for end-users and developers alike. It offers easy-to-use features to save and load pasteboards. You can prepare a set of pasteboard contents you tend to use often: your address, your name, etc. From then, these will always be just a tap away.

For iPhone developers, Pastemaster offers an insight into the contents of system and application pasteboards. You can browse their content – framework objects archived with NSKeyedArchiver are automatically unarchived, and you can view their description and class. All objects (even data objects) can be exported by e-mail.


  • Save and load pasteboards
  • Manage pasteboard contents
  • Simple mode for end-users, advanced mode for developers
  • Add custom pasteboards
  • View different types of elements: images, text, urls
  • Export objects: save images the the Photo Library, e-mail any data
  • Built-in help

Pastemaster at the app store:

FourTrack update

FourTrack update:

  • New AudioPaste 1.1 supports General Pasteboard including BeatMaker
  • Reduced memory usage
  • Fixes songs that stop playing part way through experienced by some users
  • Fixes corrupted songs experienced by some users
  • Fixes crashing on launch experienced by some users
  • Uses correct audio routing when unplugging headphones or dock devices

FourTrack from Sonoma at the app store:
Sonoma Wire Works

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