iOS Music Tunes: The Rat Palace by Daniel Ottini

by chip on March 27, 2012

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 . . .


The Rat Palace
Daniel Ottini

Tell us a little bit about the piece, including what iOS devices/app you used to bring it to life.
“The Rat Palace”, a predominately electronic piece with a dubby beat and a cold, clinical vibe…

This track started its life as a drum sequence cut from iKaossilator and then manipulated in Reactable for iPad and a MIDI sequence generated in TNR-i. These elements were transferred to my DAW and the layers built up and orchestrated. Although songs can be produced on the iPad start to finish, I also think that we sometimes miss the fact that it is also a great instrument for generating ideas…

Give us a little background on yourself as a musician.
I consider myself an electronic composer, sound designer and guitarist (in that order)…I am particularly interested in creating music which combines the organic and synthetic textures.

Why do you use iOS devices to make music?
There is a great immediacy to working with the iPad…similar in this sense to picking up a guitar; I seldom pick-up a guitar and play someone else’s song, but I “riff” on it and come up with something that I like the sound of. In contrast, this can be hard to do when sitting in front of a “mega-DAW” with almost limitless options.

There is something to be said about having too many options and I hope that we don’t (one day) make the iPad into just another “mega-DAW”…I think this would miss the point of it. We sometimes forget about the “play” aspect of making music!

Give us a quick tip – an idea that has helped you make your iOS music making more productive, fun, inspiring, or creative.
There is power in permutation…this will particularly become more evident as sound producing apps become more interoperable (in both the Audio and MIDI domain). Features like Audio copy/paste allow you to wring your sound through several manipulations, so that what started off as mundane and unoriginal becomes the opposite…

Give us a link to a place where we can hear more of your music and learn more about you.
You can check out more music from Daniel Ottini at his SoundCloud page or his Tumblr.

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Check Out More iOS Music Tunes:
It’s A Game by Zorin
La Partida by Angel José
Bright Eyes by Tom Limbaugh
Echo In My Brain by Li$H

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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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