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My favourite posts of 2015, some thoughts, and a Happy New Year too

I thought I’d end off 2015 with a round up of my favourite posts of the year. Now the easiest thing to do would have been to simply direct you at the featured tagged posts, but that seemed like a bit of cheap way of doing it, so instead here’s a more considered list of my favs this year.

Let’s start off with music as an app, that still is an interesting idea and one that people still struggle with and don’t really get right. This was a great step towards getting it right in my view. Music tech funding is an odd area and one that is hard to understand, this post aimed to try to clear up a few things and ask some questions too. Speaking at Abbey Road Studios was probably one of the most amazing and also important things I did this year and this post is about just that.

But even though that was quite important it doesn’t mean that everything has to be so serious does it? I posted this in an attempt to make the point that creating music doesn’t have to be so serious and needs to be fun too.

Mobile music has become about apps in the main, so here, in this post I decided to point out a few of the things I thought were important in an app. Just 10 things to consider, but important things and all of it still stands in my view, but I would say that!  On a similar note, I had to ask if there were too many synth apps in the iOS world, and, if anything, that question is more salient now than then! If you’re interested you can also read my top 24 apps for 2015, which probably isn’t the list you expect.

Staying with the apps theme for the moment, I thought it was interesting that Korg’s latest two apps were both iPhone versions of existing apps, one from their iPad collection, the iElectribe for iPhone, and of course the iDS-10 for iPhone. This is important. I love that more apps are coming to the iPhone now, it saying something about mobility and the iPad and where the iPad range is heading.

Also on apps, Modular has been big in 2015. First we had AnalogKit modular and then Audulus 3 of course. Modular is not going away and I think both of these apps, and of course zMors modular too are really important. I did ask the question here about whether modular was actually right for mobile. You make up your own minds. Either way I think we’ll see more of this in 2016 especially considering what’s happening in Pd at the moment.

In terms of mobile hardware 3D touch is, for me anyway, a really big thing for mobile music, although it doesn’t seem to have been adopted nearly as much as I’d expected so far and its potential is, in my opinion, huge! Although one notable adoptee is Roli with their Noise 5D app, and I hope that there’ll be lots more soon. I’m hoping that this will change in 2016. But what seems to have happily eclipsed 3D touch is Ableton’s Link technology, which I expect will roll out to even more apps in 2016.

I also expect that we’ll see more crowdfunded (Kickstarter or Indiegogo) products in 2016. Aside from the fact that I’m waiting for a bunch of them myself it seems to be becoming the defacto way to get a good idea going these days. One of the best examples for me in 2015 was the Arpeggio, and I think it’ll do really well as it will connect to its own iOS app.

Finally, one of the most important things I did this year was to help to run the SoundLab Play Space. You can read all of the posts about the Play Space here, but it was amazing to be a part of such a brilliant event and work with such great companies.

So that’s a whistle stop tour of 2015. I’d like to say a quick thank you for everyone who’s read PalmSounds, commented, tweeted etc in 2015.  Here’s to an even better and more mobile 2016!

A very Happy Christmas from Palm Sounds!

Just a quick message to say thanks to everyone who’s visited Palm Sounds, commented, tweeted or anything else for that matter. It’s been a big year for mobile music, a good year, we’ve had lots of great apps and interesting hardware too. I’m sure that 2016 will be just as good.

PalmSounds will be silent from now until the new year, but if you’re bored you can always catch up on the most important stories (from my point of view anyway) in the featured posts. If you’re looking for a bargain you can check out the app sales page, and don’t forget to check posts with the tag ‘price drops‘ (actually clicking on that will take you there), just in case. There’s bound to be something on sale that you want.

So it just remains for me to say thanks again for a great year, and see you all back from January!

My 24 apps for Christmas: 24 – Bhajis Loops and Microbe

You may have been wondering what the final app was going to be, and then realised that it was almost certainly going to be Bhajis Loops after the post on miniMuisc. Well I could hardly leave these amazing and hugely influential apps out of any list of mine, could I?

I last mentioned both Bhajis Loops and Microbe on so many occasions, and I think as part of my 24 apps of 2012 as well, which is probably no surprise either. Of course both of these are still completely free to use should you have, or decide to acquire a Palm OS device running Palm OS 5, ideally an old Pam Tungsten T3 from eBay or a Palm Tungsten TX. You can’t use either of these on iOS, although there is an emulator for jailbroken devices if you’ve gone down that route, but it isn’t brilliant, and to be fair you need the native hardware to get a view on what Bhajis can do.

Of course I secretly (although not so secretly now as I’m about to tell you all) still hold out the tiniest of hopes that Bhajis will somehow come to iOS, or even Android! But of course this won’t happen. The developer has made that very clear indeed, and I understand his reasons. However, I still think (and I’m not alone in this) that Bhajis Loops was one of the most complete and innovative mobile music apps ever.

Finally, if you’re interested, I’ve put out a couple of unfinished collections of pieces which were both made using Bhajis which you can find on Bandcamp if you’re interested.  Also you might want to check out this old post about constructing a £50 mobile music studio, it’ll tell you a lot more about Bhajis and what it does.

So that’s my list for this year.  It’s been fun going through them. Some I thought I’d have on the list didn’t make it, and a couple of very new apps did.

If you’ve missed any, or just want to go back over the series, you can find all the entries by clicking on the ‘featured‘ tag.


Featured Posts

I thought it might be helpful to have a ‘featured‘ tag for some posts. The general criteria will be for posts that are important or have attracted a lot of attention. Things like the audio sharing post from a while back would be a good example.

If you think that there are any posts that should be featured just let me know and I’ll tag them, or indeed if you think that there are posts that shouldn’t be, then just do likewise.

I hope this’ll be useful as a way to find things in amongst all the news and other stuff that comes up daily.


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