Given their huge success of the iPod almost everyone in the free white headphoned world is familiar with the Apple iTunes music store. Less well known to musicians is the other Apple digital marketplace, the iPhone Apps store.
Like the music store, the App Store has seen massive success and driven thousands of dollars in sales to individual developers and given the nature of iPhone itself, there have been a number of releases that have crossed the musical divide.
We present these applications here both because they are interesting from a music generation perspective, but because they represent a genuinely new outlet for musical creation and distribution.
RJDJ is a generative music application, mixing together ambient sounds with mathematically generated music “scenes” to create dynamic soundtrack as you run through life.
RjDj explanation in 6 min
Newtonica is a combination japanese disco ball techno game puzzle game where you try and stop cubes from hitting your Newtonica cube and in doing so you augment the rhythms of ht e the underlying tracks. Don’t ask me what the crazy blue cucumber guy is in the video.
Quote: “You have to touch space chicks for bonus points.”
MixMeister Scratch is a DJ Scratchpad on the iPhone where you can pull in different sound samples and then run your greasy finger “back and forth, back and forth, making it skeratch” to generate scratching sounds.
Germans MixMastering the hell out of their iPhone
BtBx “give you instant access to the world of electronic music with big drum sounds and acid-style synthesizers”, and while it won’t turn you an overnight success, you could probably drop something, bang wildly at the commands think you were.
iDrum has currently released two different versions of their beat generation software, the: “Club Edition” and the “Hip Hop” addition.
While the application itself is pretty solid, you keenly feel the lack of deep bass with iPhone.