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Composing ‘On the Go’

Composing ‘on the go!’

Micro Bursts of Creativity

If you are considering trying to write music on a mobile device, here are some observations and tips that may help you get started.  I tend to think of this mode of writing more informal, quite different from formal composing on a computer and/or keyboard.  Patience, persistence and determination are required to learn the style of each app.  There is so much to the language of music to squeeze into an app to make it authentic and useful.

Trying the demo versions of each to selecting the best fit for you.  Also, keep in mind, the overall price of these apps are all affordable (usually under $20 US) compared with professional level computer versions, for example, Finale, Sibelius, DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that are hundreds of dollars.

I am currently working with the following apps, in no preference or order:

  • GarageBand for iOS
  • Music Studio
  • Notion
  • Symphony Pro for iPhone

GarageBand iOS final sample

Your App Aesthetic Preference – each app has its own layout including tabs, drop down menus, colour schemes, and mini-menus for the various notation icons, markings, and functions.  Which suits your style?

Music Studio final sample

How important is Instrument Sound Quality?  Audition various instruments and input methods (keyboard, guitar, etc., finger direct to staff) for the sound quality.  How important is touch sensitivity and performance articulations (staccato, legato, accented, slurred)?  Sampled instrument sounds usually come at an increased price tag.  My preference is for the most authentic, sampled instruments sounds, which, in turn, inspire my performance and creations.

Notion final sample

Inspiration is Not always there – One of the benefits to mobile composing with these ‘on the go’ apps is that I use these apps when I’m literally ‘on the go’.  Each app has a different composition that is a work in progress.  I may go back to it every few days or weeks.  I find that this allows for ‘fresh eyes (and ears)’, in contrast to focusing on a piece for hours, typical of the computer and keyboard versions.  During times when you have to wait, e.g., sitting on the bus, subway, waiting in a queue, or for your meal, it takes seconds for these apps to load giving you the opportunity to have a micro burst of creativity.  Sometimes, these short durations bring positive change to the direction of a composition, accompaniment, chord progression, or melody writing.

Symphony iPhone sample

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Apple Store 零售店 - 西湖 Firefox, Today at 11.34.27 am

West Lake in Hangzhou – New Apple Store

Created with respect to Chinese tradition highlighting the work of a famous calligrapher, Wang Dongling, creating an astonishing mural for the new store.

Aesthetics = Apple

 

Other glimpses of Apple Stores in China:

China Apple Stores

Google Classroom – ‘More Teaching, Less Tech-ing’

Google Inc (NASDAQ.GOOGL) Launches Classroom App for Apple Inc's (NASDAQ.AAPL) iPhone and iPad Firefox, Today at 11.49.37 am

Google has launched iPhone and iPad apps for its Classroom initiative.  Their catch phrase of ‘More Teaching, Less Tech-ing’ will please many educators who feel mobile devices, apps, and online setup has overshadowed the essence of their daily teaching and focus within their students.  Let’s see where this goes, with a new year upon us.

Google has now released iPhone and iPad apps for its Classroom program, which allows teachers to post assignments and track progress.

Last year, over 30 million assignments were submitted through the Classroom initiative since Google introduced this service.

For students, the app allows the ability to track and complete homework assignments and be able to collaborate and chat with classmates. Additionally, students will also be able to import data from other apps into the Classrooms app, allowing them to easily submit assignments that were done on other programs or apps.

Students can simply use the app to snap a photo of their assignment or import a PDF version from a third party app and attach it to a due assignment and submit for marking. The app also allows users to access their assignment records offline.

This service is free for anyone who has a Google account, according to this source, Bidness Etc.

Download the new Google Classroom app for free from the AppStore on your iPhone or iPad.

I will be presenting two full – day educator workshops with the 21st Century Learning International at the United World College South East Asia – Singapore, 5 & 6 March, 2015.  Please pass this on to interested colleagues, with my thanks.  Don’t hesitate to email me for details.

Workshop 1: GarageBand Cranked Up!

Music Education Workshops 1 - Singapore 2015

Workshop 2: Mobile Technology and the Music Programme

Music Education Workshops 2 - Singapore 2015

Crystalline Carol SC RK

This is the second version of this piece, now with the collaborative fusion of two perspectives with the Percussions, Mix and Master by Ramesh Krishnan.  Ramesh adds an ethnic interpretation of all drums and their evocative colours.  His mixing and mastering adds a clarity and ambiance giving the piece a more expressive quality.  We hope you enjoy.  Please repost and share your comments.

A cold, still winter’s night.  The aurora borealis-lit sky shimmers and reflects off icy-laced branches of evergreens.  Wisps of snow fall from the tops of boughs as night creatures explore their world.
This seasonal piece is represented by two carols, O come, O Come Emmanuel and Carol of the Bells.  The piece finishes with the fading of ‘Ding, dong, ding, dong…” in the pizzicato cello.  Icy effects provided by sord. violins, violin harmonics, muted trumpets and hand-stopped French Horns.  The celesta adds to create this magical atmosphere.

Crystalline Carol

Crystalline Carol

Crystalline Carol

A cold, still winter’s night.  The aurora borealis-lit sky shimmers and reflects off icy-laced branches of evergreens.  Wisps of snow fall from the tops of boughs as night creatures explore their world.

This seasonal piece is represented by two carols, O come, O Come, Emmanuel and Carol of the Bells.  The piece finishes with the fading of ‘Ding, dong, ding, dong…” in the pizzicato cello.

Icy effects provided by sord. violins, violin harmonics, muted trumpets and hand-stopped French Horns.  The celesta adds to create this magical atmosphere.

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