Every week, iOS Music Tunes will feature a piece of music made with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod – directly from one of our readers. There’s a lot of artistic potential in iOS devices, and iOS Music And You readers are putting all the fantastic tools to use in creative and exciting ways. This regular feature will be an opportunity to appreciate the interesting things that our readers are doing with iOS music, get some new ideas, and kickstart the creative process. If you’ve made some music with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod that you want to share, submit it now – you can get the info HERE. Now sit back and enjoy today’s featured reader on iOS Music Tunes . . .


Toz Bourne
Caravan Of Spice

Tell us a little bit about the piece, including what iOS devices/app you used to bring it to life.
This is the first piece of a new work – a concept album, inspired by the ancient spice trade between Asia, Northeast Africa, and Europe. I used iOS7 on an iPad4 and so many wonderful music apps to find sounds that I hope can aurally evoke some of the iconic images that one would associate with a caravan traversing the Incense Route of ancient times.

This was entirely created on my iPad4 using the following apps: GarageBand, Alchemy Synth Mobile Studio, Impaktor, Audiobus, AudioShare, AUFX:Space, AUFX:PeakQ, Echo Pad, and Audio Mastering.

Give us a little background on yourself as a musician.
I’m a long time hobbyist composer that has used keyboard workstations for many years. My mother and grandmother were organists, so that was a big influence on me growing up. I played trumpet in school bands and studied some music theory in college. I work in many music genres but I’ve been influenced mostly by progressive rock, jazz and classical.

Why do you use iOS devices to make music?
The portability is a big factor, but for me it is the touch screen and ease of use. This has become very important since I have arthritis in my hands and when it hurts, I cannot endure a very long session of composing and playing on my regular full sized instruments (mostly Yamaha MM6 workstation). This is something that I recently posted about on my blog: Accessibility In Music Making Via iOS Devices.

Give us a quick tip – an idea that has helped you make your iOS music making more productive, fun, inspiring, or creative.
The inspiration for this piece is mentioned above, but for productivity the AudioShare app by Kymetica is the most valuable. I use it to keep my many music files organized and much more. The app is such a versatile tool that all iOS music producers could make good use of it; it’s like a Swiss Army knife as others have said. I’ve used the app for spoken word recording, processing IAA effects apps on wav files, it does format conversions, and I just discovered that it can not only store, but also play MIDI files (sounded a bit like chip tunes).

Give us a link to a place where we can hear more of your music and learn more about you.
You can find more music from Toz Bourne on his SoundCloud site and read his thoughts on music at his blog.

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