iOS Music And You Podcast 004: Michael Wadlow Interview (Part 2)

by chip on January 3, 2013

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Welcome to Episode #4 of the iOS Music And You Podcast, the place where we discuss making music on the iPad and iPhone! As this podcast comes together, we’re reaching the end of 2012 and moving into 2013 with another year of iOS music making ahead of us.  This past year brought us a lot of great innovations in iOS music making, with everything from powerhouse synths like PPG WaveGenerator to professional quality DAWs like Auria and the game changing iOS interface Audiobus.  It’s been an exciting wave of musical creativity that I’m thrilled to ride into the new year, on the podcast, the main site, and within my own musical endeavors.  I’m constantly inspired by all the invested music makers here in the iOS community – there’s so much great energy in this group of folks!

In the first chunk of the episode, we take a listen to very cool track from iOS music maker Jon Rawlinson, better known on SoundCloud as Pants Of Death.  Being both a musician and a cartoonist, Jon has some great insights into the creative process that I talk about on the show; you can get more words of wisdom on the Pants Of Death Website.  Today, we’re hearing his song “Zommiesania,” which he put together in NanoStudio with the help of BassLine, Magellan, Animoog, Sunrizer Synth, Stochastik Drum Machine, iPulsaret, Borderlands Granular, MoDrum Rhythm Composer, and Gestrument.  Jon does such a great job pulling together a number of apps alongside samples to make a unique sound that’s all his own.  He’s quite prolific too and regularly turns out a great stream of music.  Check out the music on the Pants Of Death SoundCloud site, there’s some serious inspiration there!

There’s so many of you putting out great music from your iPads and iPhones and I want to feature your music on the podcast!  Do you have a song that you’d like to be played on the next podcast? Submit your music by sending me a link to your song on SoundCloud.

In next part of the show, I get into this episode’s app pick, the new App Store entry from Korg, the iPolysix.  There’s some great electronic music appeal in this app, ranging from the vintage synth sounds to its highly customizable and productive interface.  I go through some of the main features of the iPolysix and play some of the patches for you to hear.  As an added bonus, I’ve put together a short song completely in the iPolysix to give you a fuller idea of what this app can do as a production environment.  If you’re looking for more information on the Korg iPolysix, I posted a detailed review on the iOS Music And You site, which you can find HERE.

The song that I created with the Korg iPolysix was also the inspiration for this episode’s quick tip.  It’s based on my real life experience with this app, so I hope that it’s something that can help you!

I know that there’s so many great ideas out there about apps and how to use them, and I want to share your ideas with the world! If you’ve got an app suggestion or a quick tip, send them my way – Submit your ideas by sending me a message .

The last part of the show features the second part of my interview with the inspiring iOS music maker Michael Wadlow.  This piece of the interview focuses on Michael’s more recent endeavors, based around his collaboration with guitarist and artist Jack Morefield.  Together, the two musicians have formed the group Refracted Memory and they’re in the process of completing an album of their work that will be available in 2013.  In this piece of the interview, we discuss Mike & Jack’s early meeting, their creative work flow, the future plans for Refracted Memory, and Michael’s thoughts on the current iOS music world.  

There’s some inspiring and thought provoking stuff in today’s episode, but I do want to remind you that there’s even more great ideas in Part 1 of our interview with Michael Wadlow.  You can find Part 1 of the interview in Podcast #3, which you can find HERE.  In the first part of the interview, Michael discusses his early experimentations with music, his move into the iOS music world, and his experiences on SoundCloud.

As a big treat, we’ve got an exclusive track from Refracted Memory – “Lament.”  You won’t be able to hear this one anywhere else until later in 2013, so check it out on the podcast!

You’re definitely going to want to hear more from Michael Wadlow after this, so check out:
Michael Wadlow’s SoundCloud Site
The Refracted Memory Facebook Page
Jack Morefield’s Website

Here’s some of the apps that Michael Wadlow mentions in the interview:


Sunrizer Synth

Music Studio



I hope that you enjoy this episode of the podcast . . . we’re on a roll now, so expect a long stream of shows in 2013! As always, the most important thing to me is that I create something useful that’s going to help the iOS music community. So, if you’ve got ideas, suggestions, or even compliments, send them my way! Thanks so much for listening, enjoy the show!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael wadlow January 4, 2013 at 2:07 am

Great show Chip..and not just because I’m on it again LOL….great piece on the ipolysix and lovely little showcase track..definately the way forward in presenting the apps for the listener!..fantastic that Jon and his music was featured as well..not only a brilliant musician but an insightful writer as well,his great sense of humour really helps to connect and his blog and music on soundcloud really shows off how creative his mind is…..well I guess that’s it now then Boyo..both pieces done and dusted :) thank you soo much for the chance to let people hear how human michaelw is ..and how much of a novice I really am,fumbling my way through this exciting world of IOS :) keep up your fantastic contributions my friend…… Il be listening :)


Pantsofdeath January 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Thanks Michael, your support when I started on SC was massively important and was instrumental in getting the whole PoD musical endeavour on it’s current path, I am ever grateful for your kind words!


Jack January 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

Jon – amazing stuff, as you know I am a follower on SC.
Chip – thanks so much for talking about our collaboration and Refracted Memory, your support is much appreciated.
Mike – your humility and obvious love of music comes shining through. It has been my great pleasure to have worked with you on these beautiful pieces (and yes, each is better than the last – you continue to reinvent yourself and I am always amazed by what happens next.) I too plan to only work on the Refracted library which is completely fulfilling my need for musical expression. As I have stated before, I feel as though a lifetime of working on my craft is finally recognized in these beautiful tracks, and I have you to thank for that. Cant see myself tiring of this or doing anything else.
and lastly, Chip – the iOS community owes you a huge debt of gratitude, please keep on with these wonderful ‘casts….


Devodotcom January 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Awesome job on the podcast! The interview, the showcase and info on IOS apps were very informative and inspiring. Hearing what you guys are able to do with these apps is nothing short of mind blowing. You are all amazing artists and a look forward to hearing what’s next!


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