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App Music: Mobile Music Making (seminar @ BSUA 2013)

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A five-day workshop on mobile music making including composition, production and performance - exploring inspiration and creativity. The central question: Can you express emotion and meaning with mobile music apps? Findings and results culminate in a final concert.

Some excellent music apps offer innovative digital musical instruments to the users. The app music seminar was a composition and sound workshop in which participants tried out perspectives and the potentials of ‘app music’ through a collective ‘learning by doing’ approach.

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App Music: Mobile Music Making (seminar @ BSUA 2013)

  1. 1. Berlin Summer University of the Arts Artistic Courses | Music Matthias Krebs July 29th – August 2nd 2013 App Music: Mobile Music Making
  2. 2. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Some excellent music apps offer innovative digital musical instruments to the users. The app music seminar was a composition and sound workshop in which participants tried out perspectives and the potentials of ‘app music’ through a collective ‘learning by doing’ approach. Results of the interactive creative activities were presented in a public performance at the c-base (www.c-base.com). The seminar addresses interested parties as well as musicians, sound artists and music technologists, who like the idea of making music with digital sensor controlled devices (smartphones and tablets) and who are seeking an interactive exchange with others on new musical forms. More info: http://www.matthiaskrebs.de/app-music-seminar-bsua-2013 / 2 App Music: Mobile Music Making Matthias Krebs date: July 29th - August 2nd 2013 place: UdK Berlin, Bundesallee 1-12 language: English
  3. 3. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Agenda 1. aims of the course 2. music making 3. overview: Music Making Apps 4. music making 5. iOS in-out-sync 6. apps used in the course 7. video diary 8. additional and sources / 3 Matthias Krebs is an app musician, physicist and opera singer. For many years now, he has participated in several theater productions as a sound artist and composer. Since 2006 he has been focused on electroacoustic music, synthesizers and net music. In 2010 he founded the DigiEnsemble Berlin.
  4. 4. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin AIMS OF THE COURSE / 4 download this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/app-music-seminar-bsua-2013
  5. 5. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Aims of the course (collected in the course) • how to effectively use built in sensors for musical expression (motion control, camera) • experimental laboratory: a creative space to explore music and make new discoveries. • how to use musical apps for dance performances • overview of hardware controllers • how to create instrument interfaces (with Beatsurfing) • Can you express emotion and meaning with mobile music apps? • a public performance to present the results of the course (In the course we will mainly use mobile devices running iOS.) / 5
  6. 6. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin MUSIC MAKING __OSTINATO / 6 download this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/app-music-seminar-bsua-2013
  7. 7. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin classical piece – just for a quick introduction to „digital music“ ;-) Ostinato for 8 iPods – by Uwe Schamburek (DigiEnsemble Berlin) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeJtpFFaOHY (from August 2011!) • Apps: ThumbJam (iPod, iPad), Geo Synth (iPad) and MIDI in MOTION (iPad) / 7
  8. 8. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Images from the fist day / 8
  9. 9. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin OVERVIEW: MUSIC MAKING APPS / 9 download this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/app-music-seminar-bsua-2013
  10. 10. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Making Music on iOS vs. Making Music on Android iOS Android + more music making apps (~2000) - fewer music making apps (~150) + more musical APIs (core midi, core audio, audiobus, virtual midi, audio copy etc.) - support for MIDI and USB-audio is not implemented in android + more external add-ons (yamaha, tascam, akai, k&m, ikmultimedia and many more) - it’s starting (k&m, ikmultimedia) + latency (around 6.6ms (128 samples) to 26.8ms (1024 samples)) - latency (around 30ms to 200ms) is not utilisable for “real-time” music making + more developers for musical apps and some bigger companies like korg, moog, yamaha etc. - it’s starting + more apps utilize many different kinds of built in sensors - not many developers have yet experimented with built in sensors - more expensive devices and add-ons + wider distribution of android devices / 10 More: http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2013/07/30/why- android-the-1-mobile-platform-wont-get-great-music-apps
  11. 11. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Overview: Music Apps (categories to find a way through numerous apps) music apps to explore, share and have fun with for a little while • Music Player Apps / Radios • Musical Fun Apps / Generative Music Apps / Music Games / Artistic Apps music making/creation with musical apps (app music) • Soundtoys / Virtual Instruments • Experimental Apps / App Instruments • Musical Tools / Utilities • Beatmakers / Drum Machines / Virtual Studios • Audio Capture / Looper / Sequencer / Multitrack / Effects • MIDI / OSC / Controllers • Djing / Remix / Launchpads • Synthesizers / 11
  12. 12. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin MUSIC MAKING __EXPERIMENTAL LABORATORY / 12 download this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/app-music-seminar-bsua-2013
  13. 13. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Listen! “This track is an incredibly creative bit of ingenuity from Pants Of Death called “Generative Garden.” The core of this song comes from bird songs captured in MIDImorphosis and converted to MIDI, combined with sounds from Poly, Caelestis, Nave, and PPG WaveGenerator – this is the sort of awesome creative thinking that will be pushing iOS music into the future!” • https://soundcloud.com/pantsofdeath/generative-garden There’s a wealth of inspiration here – give it a listen and then make some great music of your own! / 13 http://iosmusicandyou.com/2013/08/05/ ios-music-weekly-8513-81113
  14. 14. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin IOS IN-OUT-SYNC / 14 download this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/app-music-seminar-bsua-2013
  15. 15. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Virtual MIDI (Interapp MIDI) Virtual MIDI ports allow multiple apps that are running on the same device to send MIDI to each other via the background (multitasking). Use app A as a MIDI controller for app B: SoundPrism Pro (interface) to control NLog Synth (sound) StepPolyArp (arpeggiator) to play BassLine (bass synth) More: http://www.iosmusician.com/app-lists/virtual-midi / 15
  16. 16. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Audiobus (Interapp Audio) - http://audiob.us Bring your audio apps together. Send audio from an app... ...Filter it through another... ...Receive it in another. Live. At first launch Audiobus. Than DM1 as source, AUFX:Space and Audioshare to record the output. / 16
  17. 17. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Audiobus and Virtual MIDI combined Geo Synth (interface) controls ThumbJam (sampler) via Virtual MIDI. The sound of ThumbJam is processed by Turnado (effect) and recorded by Multitrack (sequenzer). / 17
  18. 18. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Images from the second day / 18
  19. 19. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin MIDI over Wifi You can easily control one iPad through another by MIDI using Wifi: • Have your iPads in the same network. • Choose „network session“ as MIDI –Input/Output • Some Apps require the activation of Remote Hosts to establish connections. • Play… Combine all: Geo Synth -> ThumbJam // Audiobus, Turnado Tornado operated via MIDI over Wifi by Beatsurfing (controller) on another iPad Another possibility is to use OSC. / 19
  20. 20. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin WIST WIST stands for Wireless Sync-Start Technology and has been developed by Korg to sync playback of audio between apps running on multiple iOS devices, using a Bluetooth connection. Another possibility is to sync via MIDI clock, but this has some difficulties. / 20 Use WIST on your iPad in 5 easy steps: 1. Turn Bluetooth on for both iPads. 2. Open the music app you wish to use and turn WIST on for both iPads. 3. Wait for the iPads to connect. 4. When they’re connected, select who will be the “MASTER” and who will be the “SLAVE” by selecting which iPad is designated master from each “SLAVE” device. This will send a request to the “MASTER” to connect. 5. Once the request is accepted, playback will synchronise to the master iPad until WIST is disabled from either device.
  21. 21. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Hardware Controller (examples) Core MIDI: • MIDI interfaces: Alesis IO Dock • Drum Pad: MPC Fly • Camera Connection Kit with a MIDI interface via USB / 21 • Airturn’s Bluetooth foot-pedal via Bluetooth
  22. 22. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Exchange and Export Options Moving audio from app to app AudioCopy/AudioPaste (Sonoma) and Intua Pasteboard • http://iosmusicandyou.com/2012/08/03/ipad-iphone-music- app-tutorial-moving-audio-with-audiocopy-audiopaste / 22 Other possibilities: • Import and export your samples and patches using iTunes Sharing, per Mail, Dropbox, Soundcloud
  23. 23. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin APPS / 23 download this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/app-music-seminar-bsua-2013
  24. 24. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Some Music Apps that have been used in the course: / 24 ThumbJam Loopseque Samplewiz Audiobus BeBot StepPolyArp Loopy Geo Synth iKaossilator SynthX iDen AudioShare Turnado DM1 Sound Wand GyroSynth Grain Science MIDI in Motion Samplodica SingingFingers Curtis SoundyThingie Reforge Thor AUFX:Space Protein SoundBrush iFrettles TouchOSC SoundPrism Pro Samplr Nlog Pro iElectribe GlitchBreaks Multitrack MobMuPlat
  25. 25. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Creating music apps for iOS devices by your own http://www.mobmuplat.com MobMuPlat hosts and loads from a list of available user-created audio apps. Creating your own work consists of two parts. First, creating a graphical user interface (GUI) with the MobMuPlat Editor; second, creating the audio engine using the graphical programming language Pure Data (PD). / 25 Review: http://createdigitalmusic.com/2013/02/make-a-pd-patch-run-it-on-android-ios-right-away-two-free-solutions
  26. 26. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin VIDEO DIARY / 26 download this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/app-music-seminar-bsua-2013
  27. 27. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Lukasz made a great video diary during the course Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLygm3I2VVj4XvDVrodRP2CQNRVpARf9Qh Camera & Edit by Lukasz Fabijanczyk (http://about.me/lufafilm) / 27
  28. 28. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin ADDITIONAL / 28 download this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/app-music-seminar-bsua-2013
  29. 29. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Sources for iOS (Apple) • http://www.ipadmusic.com • http://www.iosmusician.com • http://www.idesignsound.com • http://smitematter.com • http://discchord.com • http://musicapps.com.br • http://iosmusicandyou.com/archives (Tutorials) Groups iosmusic making on Google+ • https://plus.google.com/u/4/communities/100470036831607240814 (iPad Music Makers) [85] iosmusic making on Facebook • https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ipadmusician (iPad Musician) [584] • https://www.facebook.com/groups/417484654972379 (iOS Music Makers) [53] • https://www.facebook.com/groups/313781651056 (iPad Audio/Music Apps) [814] / 29
  30. 30. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin Sources for android • http://www.musicalandroid.com • http://www.androidmusician.com • http://createdigitalmusic.com/tag/android • http://www.synthtopia.com/content/tag/android • http://www.palmsounds.net/search/label/Android • http://android.appstorm.net/category/roundups/music-roundups Groups android music making on Google+ • https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112224065710281650914 [129] android music making on Facebook (just started) • https://www.facebook.com/groups/androidmusicmaking [20] / 30
  31. 31. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin 14 things you should do to help the world of mobile music http://www.palmsounds.net/2013/02/14-things-you-should-do-to-help-world.html 1. Keep making music on mobile 2. Share what you make on SoundCloud or wherever makes sense for you 3. Tell everyone about mobile music making 4. Tell people about the apps you love and why 5. Think about gifting a mobile music app to someone who might enjoy playing 6. Rate the apps you love in the app store and leave reviews 7. If there's something you don't like about an app then give constructive criticism and don't just leave a bad review. Remember that developers can't respond to reviews on the app store 8. If you like one of the excellent mobile music based blogs then buy your apps through that blog as that's how they make money. 9. If you're so inclined, start your own blog about mobile music making and let people know 10. If you can, then make videos of what you're doing and let everyone know that you've done them 11. Tweet! 12. Make your music in unusual places, just because you can 13. Join the communities at developer's forums and get involved in the discussion 14. Enjoy it! / 31
  32. 32. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin THX for Listening. www.matthiaskrebs.info (en) www.matthiaskrebs.de (de) www.appmusik.de Musikmachen mit Apps www.digimusiklernen.de Musiklernen mit digitalen Medien Matthias Krebs research associate matthias.krebs@udk-berlin.de Contacts: matthias.krebs@udk-berlin.de +49 177 7373939 www.facebook.com/matthiaskrebs www.gplus.to/matthiaskrebs www.twitter.com/matzerak www.slideshare.net/matzerak www.pinterest.com/matzerak
  33. 33. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin About Matthias Krebs Matthias Krebs is an app musician, music educator, physicist and opera singer. For many years now, he has participated in several theater productions as a sound artist and composer. Since 2006 he has been focused on electroacoustic music, synthesizers and net music. In 2010 he founded the DigiEnsemble Berlin at the UdK Berlin Career College. It is currently the first professional music ensemble that regularly performs mobile music on stage. Further, Krebs delves into the field of app music (music making with apps) in his blog as well as in several music article publications and in his current dissertation. / 33
  34. 34. Matthias Krebs | Universität der Künste Berlin / 34 Professional musicians with diverse musical backgrounds got together to explore how to turn daily mobile devices into instruments. They perform their music live on stage. Currently, they predominantly use apple devices. Nevertheless, they are experimenting with different mobile platforms. With this they aim at finding ways of using all of these daily devices as music creation tools. www.youtube.com/digiensemble Gewandhaus, Leipzig 2012 www.digiensemble.com BMW Welt, Munich 2013

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