An iPad DJ?!
Can the iPad revolutionize music creation? Is it possible to rock the house for an hour using only two iPads and an iPhone using only apps downloaded from the App Store? One girl ventures to find out.
Destroy The Silence is NYC-based producer & DJ Rana June Sobhany‘s experiment to produce and mix an entire album without using any synths or laptops. She just released Volume One of her experiment and since she made SoundCloud an integral part of her project, we were intrigued by all this iPad craze (we’re big fans too!) and needed to know more.
Rana! This is exciting, tell us about the project: what’s the idea and why the iPad?
I am experimenting with an idea I had 3 weeks ago where I am doing live music production and DJing using nothing more than two iPads and a simple DJ mixer. I am a believer in the power and opportunities that come from touch screen computing and mobile applications and this project is the culmination of all of my experiences in music and in working on the mobile side combined into one concept.
I come from the technology side in terms of my career but music has always been a very important part of my life. From making it, listening to it, appreciating it, studying it, I have always found solace in music. Some of the most incredible musicians I’ve ever met write code for a living. I think that there’s something to that. Before this, I build an analytics company for iPhone apps and I spent day and night knee-deep in data. I absolutely love looking for patterns and structure in data. Music is mathematics, so it wasn’t a big jump to try to find interesting patterns in music as well, and the iPad represents something much bigger than a tablet computer to me. The future is going to based on portable computing platforms that are completely integrated into our lives. This is just the beginning of that.
Why is the iPad an interesting platform for music making and what apps have you used for this mix?
The iPad bridges the gap between real instruments and computers. When you introduce a tactile component such as throwing a loop into the mix or triggering a sound sample, it feels more like playing music than using a computer. I think that this is where the benefits lie to musicians looking to incorporate touch screen computers into their set-ups. There’s sort of this perfect storm in terms of touch interfaces right now due to the movie Minority Report, the iPhone and now the iPad. The mouse will soon become obsolete and there will be some huge strides made with regard to haptic feedback on these multi-touch surfaces. Even now, when I use some of the drum machines apps, you can actually feel the bass when you touch the pad on screen, and I would love to see this extend to feedback from touching keys on a keyboard and the feeling of changing a setting on a knob. I bring this up because I think that the better and more intuitive the iPad and other tablet interfaces become, the more likely it is that regular consumers will see the value and opportunity in transitioning to these platforms.