If you haven’t heard of Launchpad, you are about to be introduced (and, hopefully impressed) with its ability to create and launch rhythms, melodies, loops, samples or entire songs and mix them together.
At first glance, it doesn’t look like anything special, especially with what we’re seeing tablets capable of doing, but after watching this video, you might think differently. Meet Nev…
There is an iPad app version which is quite impressive, especially for ‘on the fly’ demos or performances. It integrates seamlessly with Launchpad mini and Launchpad S… read the specific requirements on their website.
This technology truly engages its user from the start without the need for typical music theory. In watching one of my students play the iPad version, it reveals the coordination (and learning) of another set of skills that could make some keyboard purists uncomfortable. For me, it inspired, like a gifted performer in any area of expertise. I see auditory skills of sound, texture and rhythm creation, coordination of the playing and synchronizing of the various pads/keys, and the aesthetics of the visuals which effectively make a performance remarkable.
There is a video on the Launchpad site… Novation, to see, first hand, what the creators want you to see. YouTube will have others.
This is another technology that is giving a voice/stage to musicians and sound creators around the globe. Similar to my love of sound mining on GarageBand for iOS, Launchpad allows for customization of each pad with the user’s own sounds which, if strived for, allows the performer a unique sound.
Create, innovate, and entertain = followers of your sound, and admiration of how you put it together.
Music educators will need to evaluate their various curricula to see how this tool can be utilized to help deliver course content – the elements or concepts of music. Like other forms of mobile technology, it can be a valuable partner in the teaching and accessibility to the Arts, producing impressive, instant results and feedback. Imagine how this technology will ignite hesitant students of music. I can hardly wait to see!