Mobile music creation on Apple's iOS devices

Four Years With an iPad



It was near the Thanksgiving holiday in 2011 when an iPad2 arrived at my door; shipped directly from the refurbishing plant in China. It was as good as new, with a full warranty, and as such, a little cheaper. The iPad2 was the first Apple product I had ever purchased so I tried to minimize potential financial damage.

I thought that if I hated it, at least I could brag to Apple fanboys about what a good deal I got. I knew little of the Apple consumer culture at the time, I just knew there was a devoted customer base.

It did not take long to begin to understand why there were terms in use such as Cult of Mac, Apple Fanboys, and Jobs Lover. Jealousy provides the motivation but doesn’t often supply very creative names.

After using iOS devices for several years now, I can call myself an Apple fan-man; I’m way to old to be any kind of boy, plus I’m not a devotee, as much as an admirer. I’m also thankful to Apple because using iDevices helped to open up my music creativity and take it to unseen levels.

Four years ago when I opened the box from Apple I had no idea where it would lead. I had no idea that my life had changed, for the better, at that very moment.


A progression from apps



GarageBand and Alchemy are two of my favorite apps and they were the first apps with which I spent a serious amount of time. In using those apps I began to reconnect with my long unused knowledge of music; the details like structure (verse, chorus, bridge), keys, and time signature.

The more that I explored music creation with apps, the more I tapped into previously unrealized musical ideas. My Yamaha keyboard workstations are beautiful instruments and offer multi-track recording, but a DAW such as GarageBand opened up an entire universe, it seemed.

The music I create crosses many genres so I checked out every music making app that I could find. In the pre AudioBus days there wasn’t a wide selection of quality music apps and I was very cautious about app purchases. As I researched apps, I looked at current music trends, and began to explore the new sonic world of modern music. I didn’t care if it was electro, dub or glitch, I started to absorb as much as I could. I found many of the new sounds were quite inspiring (and still do).

Learned much, you have

On this four year journey the inspiration has reached beyond notes on a screen or waves in an audio file. Examples of such are the diverse subjects that I have researched: audio engineering, the history of electronic music, and the physics of sound. A good look into any of these areas can easily lead one to other subjects such as astronomy, cosmology and particle physics.

When I studied the history of electronic music I quickly discovered that I had no idea how deep and rich the subject is. But that can be true with just about anything that covers new ground.

Beyond music production, and going past education, I’ve had a lot of fun over these four years with an iPad. And there is a lot more to come…and soon…

Coming soon to an Internet location near you:
An Epic song…Better Than Epic…

Be seeing you,
— Bourne 13Nov15

Comments on: "Four Years With an iPad" (3)

  1. Having a similar nostalgic moment myself, Mr. Bourne – it was around this time two years back when I stumbled across a YouTube channel that literally changed the way I looked at my iPad. Little spot called The Sound Test Room.

    Almost daily I discovered more and more music apps, then realized all I really needed to create my own studio was an audio interface.

    That was two years ago. My name is Sean, and I am an appaholic.

  2. Thanks for the easy to read articles on your passion. I’m a fan of electronic music since I first heard ‘Stockhausen’ in a music history class back in the day.
    I wonder what he would have done with such techie stuff as we have now.

    I do like your approach and am enjoying listening/reading it during your creative journey. Congrats on 4 years!

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