iOS Music Tunes: Givin it 125 by Michael Taylor

by chip on August 8, 2011

Every Monday, 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 . . .

Givin it 125 by oldlibmike

Givin it 125
Michael Taylor

Tell us a little bit about the piece, including what iOS devices/app you used to bring it to life.
This piece is done entirely in NanoStudio on a 1st Generation iPad. It is a somewhat jazzy piece in 5/4 time.

Give us a little background on yourself as a musician.
I’m an amateur musician. I played trumpet in various jazz bands and orchestras up through college. As an IT professional, I rediscovered music with synthesizers in the early 90s and then again with Garageband and Logic 9 on desktop computers. I mostly do electronica pieces – I’m not talented enough to perform live!

Why do you use iOS devices to make music?
I love the interaction with the touch screen – it’s sort of the ultimate ribbon controller. I use the iPad both as an instrument of its own or as a controller for Logic 9.

Give us a quick tip – an idea that has helped you make your iOS music making more productive, fun, inspiring, or creative.
I have gradually learned to layer up my pieces from beats to DAWs and sometimes to Desktop DAWs for finishing. Take advantage of the non-traditional music input devices such as Thumbjam, Kaoss pads in iMS-20, “scaled – keyboards” in Garageband, etc . . .

Give us a link to a place where we can hear more of your music and learn more about you.
Michael is doing some pretty cool music – and he’s done a lot of it. You can check out Michael’s SoundCloud, his MacJams page, or on his blog.

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Are you making music on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod? Do you want to share your music with the iOS Music And You community? Beginner, intermediate, or advanced – it doesn’t matter. Just fill out a few quick questions and send me a link to your music. We’ll feature you in one of these Monday spots! Don’t hesitate – let’s hear the great work that you’ve been doing with iOS Music. Get the details HERE.

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