Welcome to Episode #7 of the iOS Music And You Podcast, the place where we discuss making music on the iPad and iPhone! I’m really excited about this episode because we’re branching out into an area of iOS music making that we haven’t explored much yet. In our interview with Derek Buddemeyer, we discuss iOS devices as a virtual amp and accessory for the guitar player. This really strikes home for me – when I first delved into using my iPhone to make music, I was initially intrigued by the possibility of using it as a practice amp for my bass. Since that time, I’ve come to see it as a hugely diverse tool for music creation, but I still plug my bass into my iPhone on a regular basis. There’s so much potential for guitar players in the iOS music world, and talking to someone like Derek who has really taken that combination to the next level was quite an inspiration. When I originally decided to create the podcast, I envisioned it as a place where we could look at the iOS music world from all different perspectives, so I’m glad that we’re digging into some new territory in this episode!
This episode is coming out at the end of February and I’m happy to say that I’ve completed the RPM Challenge! If you’d like to check out my RPM album, you can find it HERE.
In the first part of this episode, we listen to some very cool music from The Clocktoys. This is a project put together by London based iOS musician Pete Plural, who uses his iPhone to create some powerful indie and alternative rock. In his own words, “I’m a singer songwriter and my aim is to create ear-catching, toe-tapping pop music with complex and unusual arrangements, bleakly evocative lyrics and a big indie atmosphere. ” You’ll hear that description come vividly to life in “She Moves In Mysterious Ways,” a potent piece put together using GarageBand. The story behind this song gives some extra credence to the beauty of an iPhone’s mobile music making power – Pete recorded the vocals in a car! There’s lots of great music put together by The Clocktoys and I would highly recommend checking out all the tracks on their SoundCloud site and follow The Clocktoys on Twitter!
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 piece of the show, I get into this episode’s app pick, which is a bit of a different choice for me. As a guitar player, I’d most often prefer playing a physical instrument than emulating it virtually . . . that is until I tried guitarism. This virtual acoustic guitar has an unbelievable tone that sounds so much like an acoustic instrument – it’s really got to be heard to be believed. I take some time to play around on guitarism, letting you hear what full chords and individual notes sound like on the app. I go through the unique features of the app and give you some insight into the potential uses that you might find for guitarism in your music. If you want to integrate the sound of a steel string guitar into your music, you’ve got to check out guitarism, it’s a great tool.
Our quick tip today was inspired by my recent series of articles on connecting apps through Virtual MIDI. Writing these articles has been a thought provoking process for me, as I looked at both an overview of Virtual MIDI and some specific examples like how you could connect SoundPrism Pro and Sunrizer Synth. After writing these articles, I found myself connecting apps through Virtual MIDI much more to make my own music and discovered something that turned my head around. For some of you, this may seem like a bit of a “duh” tip, but its something that I’ve found to make my work with SoundPrism Pro and Sunrizer Synth much more productive!
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 an interview with guitarist and iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer. We get a look at his background as a guitarist hauling around lots of heavy guitar gear and see how the use of iOS devices and great apps have changed that equation. Derek has worked closely with Positive Grid to help them turn JamUp Pro XT into the outstanding app that it is today, and we get a look into how he uses that app in his guitar playing. There’s also some overall discussion of production, as we get into the ways that he pulls his music together using a variety of apps. Derek has been one of the leading figures in the use of iOS devices as virtual amps and an active voice in the iOS community, so its really inspiring to hear the story behind his musical journey.
You’ve really got to hear Derek to get the depth of his guitar wizardry and understand how well he uses iOS devices in his music. Before the interview, we’ve got a great piece of music from Derek entitled “The Lost.” As with all of his music, the guitar is running through JamUp Pro XT, triggering his signature tone presets. For the backing track, Derek uses some custom drum kits that he’s mapped in BeatMaker 2. The piano work comes from both GarageBand and BeatMaker 2, while the bass is played completely in GarageBand. There was also some final mastering and EQ of both individual tracks and the overall song using Remaster. This is a pro sounding track that really highlights the potential of an iOS device as both a guitar amp and production space!
You’re definitely going to want to hear more from Derek Buddemeyer, so check out:
His album Afterthoughts
Derek Buddemeyer’s Facebook Page
Derek Buddemeyer’s SoundCloud Site
Derek Buddemeyer’s Twitter Page
Derek Buddemeyer’s YouTube Page
If you’d like to check out any of Derek’s custom drum kits for BeatMaker 2, just send him a message
Here’s some of the apps that Derek Buddemeyer mentions in the interview:
JamUp Pro XT
I hope that you enjoy this episode of the podcast . . . we’ll be back in a couple of weeks with another great interview in episode #8! 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!