From the beginning … PalmSounds on video, back in 2008: Something live …

“This is a first test to see how a performance might work using a numer of PDAs / handheld devices simultaneously. This test uses a TRG Pro (with an SG20 MIDI module attached), a Nintendo DS running Electroplankton, and a Treo 650 using AxisPad.”

“This was a little experiment in PDA performance. The main music is running in Bhajis Loops on a T3. The treo is using AxisPad, the TRG Pro is running ThereMIDI, and the other gear is a Yamaha MU15 and a Kaoss MINI.”

“Here’s another video featuring a T3 running Bhajis Loops in live mode, a Treo 650 running AxisPad, a TRG Pro running Theremini, and a Yamaha MU15 running off the TRG Pro. The whole thing is through a Kaoss Pad mini.”

“Another video from my last session of mucking around. This time more abstract and formless.”

“Some excerpts from my live show earlier this year. I’ve finally got around to editing them into something that can be watched.”

A nice collection of me trying out live things and then ending up with an actual live thing using PDAs and stuff. It was fun to do, but things really have moved on from there.

Moments in Mobile Music: 3 – Microbe and Bhajis Loops

Number 3 in this series of ‘moments’ in mobile music is of course Bhajis Loops. It was a natural follow on from miniMuisc and then Griff and Windows Mobile. Bhajis was the start of something really big for me and for lots of people too.

Of course Bhajis wasn’t first, Microbe was first and was something of a revelation. It was more akin to Griff than anything that had come before on the Palm OS. It was about as different as you could get from what had gone before, but it only ran on series 5 devices, that is Palm OS models that ran OS5, and it was what made me get a new Tungsten, just so I could try it out.

It was well worth it. Microbe was great, amazing, but, as many of you will remember, that was just the beginning. What came next was even better. Bhajis Loops arrived and changed mobile music for ever.

I’ve mentioned both Bhajis Loops on many occasions, so forgive me if you’ve heard all of this before. Bhajis gathered a community behind it very quickly as people found it was a very interesting way to cheaply make music wherever you were. The app went from strength to strength and Olivier the developer listened to the community and implemented a lot of what we asked for. The app got better and better and ended up being one of the best things to happen in mobile music in my opinion.

But it was a bit of a niche. Palm was coming to the end of its lifecycle and then of course the iPhone happened and the rest, as they say, is history. Even so, Bhajis was a massive step in the world of mobile music and paved the way for a lot of what came after and inspired a lot of people to think differently about how and where you can make music.

Now both of these are 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 I’m not sure if it is still available or still works with iOS9), and to be fair you really need the native hardware to get a view on what Bhajis can do.

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 this is moment 3 in mobile music. Moment 4 will be with you soon!


From the beginning … PalmSounds on video, back in 2007: Making some little films

“A short film about travelling with music. The music was made with a PDA using Microbe and Bhajis Loops software for Palm and the video was shot with a Palm Treo 650 and also a Sony Clie NX73V.”

“The music for this film was made with a Treo 650 running Bhajis Loops.”

These two were made with my Treo for the most part and I really enjoyed making them. Back in 2007 it was a bit of a labour of love to pull these things together and it’s obviously a lot easier now! Even so, I still think that they stand up to a degree.

14 mobile hardware devices I love: 4 -The Palm T3

By mentioning the Palm T3 I can, by simple extension, talk about Palm OS music making. Ok, it’s a tad tenuous when this is meant to be about hardware, but I’m stretching a point because I can!

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.

I’ve mentioned Palm OS music making on many occasions of course, primarily because that’s where PalmSounds really comes from, and my days of using an old Pam Tungsten T3 (and actually prior to that a series of older PDAs) for music making are in many ways what inspired the start of this blog. These old devices shouldn’t be overlook, as I’ve posted before, you can set up your own little bit of music making history by getting a Palm Tungsten T3 from eBay or a Palm Tungsten TX for that matter and grabbing both Bhajis Loops and Microbe for free. You’ll certainly have a lot of fun in doing so and it won’t set you back much these days.

I still miss those Palm days, and I’m not on my own there (I’m looking at you Jo!). Finally, if you’ve got this far, and your still interested in a bit more about Palm OS music, I’ve put out a couple of unfinished collections of pieces which were both made using Bhajis. You can find these on Bandcamp.  Also you might want to check out this old post about constructing a £50 mobile music studio, if you want to take the leap yourself. Also it’ll tell you a lot more about Bhajis and what it does.

Some interesting Bhajis Illustrations

Hmm, interesting …


PiooPioo player is one of those applications that you almost forget you have around, but is a fantastically useful little application. Apart from being a great add-on application to Bhajis Loops allowing you to play song files without having to open them, it has that wonderful visualisation which I love.

I was using it today to play a whole bunch of tracks all in the same folder, really handy.

What would Bhajis Loops 2.0 have looked like?

This is one of those “what if” type posts about Bhajis Loops. What would it have looked like if it had got to a version 2.0? I can imagine lots of features that could have been added along the way, but I bet there’s an even longer list somewhere of all the feature requests from users.

Anyway, for what it is worth, here’s my list:

  • Audio support. Two channels (or more) of audio to go alongside the instruments.
  • Synth plug ins. Like an FM synth.
  • Bluetooth support. To sync multiple handhelds to the same clock.
  • Increased effect plug ins. What kind I’m not sure.
  • Ability to connect to a bluetooth keyboard (for input)

What would you have liked?

Upgrade time

All my Pocket PC apps have been running on a Jornada 568 for a very long time now. Finally I’ve decided to upgrade and get some more power behind them, especially the more recent apps that need the power.

So, I’ve ordered a Dell Axim 51. I’m hoping that the 500mhz will be more than enough power to keep all these apps going, we’ll wait and see.

Just so as you know, here’s what I run on Pocket PC / Windows Mobile:

  • Griff
  • Syntrax
  • MilkyTracker
  • Phoenix Studio
  • Pocket Jam
  • miniMIXA
  • Audio Box
  • Stomp Box

In addition, I’m running StyleTap with Bhajis Loops and Microbe, so it should be interesting to see how all these fit together with the Axim.

Bhajis Bag of Goodies …

The fantastic bhajis t-shirt …

and the brilliant pioopioo bag …

I remembered a while ago about the Bhajis shop at Cafepress. Lots of fun things here. Do take a look, you know you want to…

Bhajis Loops – Beat Slicing Tutorial

Here’s a cool video tutorial on beat slicing in Bhajis Loops. Nice.

More Bhajis related content here …


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