iOS Music Tunes: Cut The Apron Strings by Daniel MacGregor

by chip on April 16, 2013

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 . . .

Cut The Apron Strings
Daniel MacGregor

Tell us a little bit about the piece, including what iOS devices/app you used to bring it to life.
I used FL Studio Mobile to piece the track together. DM1 was used to create the drum loops and I used GlitchBreaks to mess around with the piano tracks, glitching the chord progression and melody to create new loops out of my originals. This was all done on my iPhone.

Give us a little background on yourself as a musician.
I have been playing guitar for a number of years, trying to write acoustic songs, but haven’t really managed to come up with anything I really liked. I got into making music on iOS purely by chance. I was using my iPhone to record myself playing guitar, through the Voice Memos app on the phone. Then I found GarageBand on the app store and thought I could use it to record multiple parts of myself, and it’s progressed from there.

Why do you use iOS devices to make music?
I just think it’s really amazing to have all of these music making capabilities literally in your pocket and at your fingertips! It’s so quick to start working on something, any time and anywhere. Credit must go to the app developers for making all this possible.

For me it’s also a case of affordability. I just can’t afford to buy a decent laptop and DAW, but for a few pounds on apps I have the next best thing. Also time is an issue, I just wouldn’t have the time to sit down for hours each day at a computer making music. But with my iPhone I can work on tracks during my commute to work and on lunch breaks, and wherever I go my music is always with me!

Give us a quick tip – an idea that has helped you make your iOS music making more productive, fun, inspiring, or creative.
Try out new apps, things that you may think you won’t use. After reading about GlitchBreaks, I gave it a go and came up with a track that sounds completely different to anything I’ve come up with yet. Just one app can really change what you’re doing and help with creativity.

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 Daniel MacGregor on his SoundCloud site.

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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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