"The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art." - John Lasseter
Scientists recently discovered a bone flute in the cave systems of south Germany that is believed to be over 40,000 years old. Since then (or quite possibly earlier) humans from all over the world have been finding ways to express themselves through music. These methods of expression evolve as quickly as humanity changes and technology advances. Instruments, recording devices, and distribution methods have been changing at a rapid pace. Today, an individual has more power to create, record, and share music then any other time in history.
Recently, smartphone apps have been at the forefront of this revolution. Apps that serve as instruments, such as MorpWiz and Animoog, are currently used by artists live and in the studio. Recording apps such as GarageBand and Beatmaker 2 provide a DAW environment on your phone or tablet.
I wanted to see first hand just what could be created from my smartphone. As an experiment, I made a mini-concept album completely from an Iphone 4s, using the Beatwave app. No electric bass on this project... all sounds, arrangements, and recordings were done with the phone and Beatwave app. All mixing completed on earbuds.
Here it is, Dimming Sun! Feel free to share and download.
The number of smartphone users worldwide is expected to exceed 2 billion by the year 2016 (put into perspective, the world population is estimated to be 7 billion people at the time of this post). This translates to a lot of artists from around the world that now have access to music creation apps. It's becoming easier, and cheaper then ever before to spread one's musical message across to the world.
It's exciting to think of what people are going to come up with in the future, and how technology will advance to make music creation even easier and more direct. Perhaps in the not-so-distant future, we will be able to simply think our music, and have it instantly played to a willing network. I can't wait to hear what people will come up with!