Dreamed about mobile music making in the late 90’s when Yamaha released their battery powered portable small but chunky QY 100 General Midi multi track Sequencer. It was way too expensive for me though, going for about 600$.
Years passed by with me interested in electronic music making and dabbling occasionally with some programs but essentially more painting than anything else.
Then a Sony mobile came into my possession around nine years ago and it had a small app that could be installed with General Midi and multi track. My excitement spiked and did a lot of fighting to get anything out of it taking care of one lovely newborn daughter with one hand and pushing buttons with the other. God damn it was not easy going!
No touch screen so arrows+buttons and having put in some notes you had to skip out of that to listen to how it sounded with the rest of the tracks… God Damn it was not easy going!
After a month of fighting realized that it was tooo hard to get anything going…
But a beautiful thing happened, got an HTC for free with Android 2.2. The problem was of course that the only decent app that worked was Nanoloop which is not bad just that app in itself as a standalone hardware is worth a lot and it is unique in all kinds of goodness.
But it had less functions than today and not enough for what I wanted to do even though people create all kinds of beauty with it. (Do love the sound of Nanoloop it can sound like nothing else and have a strange digital mystery to it in a very good way).
Luckily enough a month or two later the phone got upgraded to 2.3 and it still was not enough for using Caustic or G-Stomper which to be honest were in their infancy and not too exciting but SunVox that was already a full blown monster… worked!
Ahhh SunVox with its intriguing tracker interface, modular setup and general esoteric attraction. I was in love and it did not hurt that it was working for PC as well being able to move files back and forth… Yes my real journey into electronic music making had started!
After a slight steep learning curve it is one of the coolest pieces of music software that you can get into if you never tried it take some days with it and be blown away by the experimental possibilities that does not exist on any other apps for Android. It is a gift that keeps on giving if given attention and could talk about it for many pages.
And now here we are with SunVox turning ten and it have just been getting better and better and better with each update.
SO HIPP HIPP HOORAY AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNVOX!!!
MAY YOU LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!!!
THANK YOU MR NIGHTRADIO FOR SUNVOX AND YOUR OTHER UNIQUE APPS!!!
To read what CDM have to say about SunVox'es birthday go here:
And finally a music/video that Pavel Ti made for the birthday. Pavel Ti being one of the most prolific SunVox users with videos appearing regularly showing all kinds of things that can be done and steady stream of compositions that are good and well worth a listen!
The Caustic Famiy Youtube channel have really put in their work over the last year and anyone working with Caustic should go subscribe now!
Hope that Rej the developer have noticed how many people are using his app to make real high quality music with his creation.
God damn how soo many people have proved that you do not need expensive programs etc to make something as good with next for nothing (or int he case of Caustic on PC for nothing) money wise.
Have nothing against Mixvibes that released the application as they are making quality apps but...
Have never liked the loop based music making that is pervading electronic music making.
Buy some packs and sound like this, just put one loop together with some other loops in the style of... Ahh yes forgot the creative part... here we have put some fx to create originality...
Ohhh listen as the filter sweeps on a loop or two and as a delay trail down another sound and there it is, another song made that brings absolutely nothing to the table except an empty ego boost!
Maybe it is on my mind lately as my brother just started making music with such an app.
He is super excited showing me the music he is "making" and it sounds well produced but it brings absolutely no excitment or anything that resembles originality in any way form or shape.
The worst thing is that he is a pretty decent guitar player and knows some music theory etc.
As popular music gets more and more mediocre for each passing year (this have been studied and proven analyzing popular music over the last fifty years) these types of apps just makes people create even more mediocracy to torture friends and family with!
Create any music in any style is the idea as he tortured me with his latest opus, explaining that he wanted to see if he could make a latin influenced track. Trying to be encouraging and awake all I can say is that the sound is good but maybe you could try to make your own melody and chord progressions. Knowing that he can do it but alás laziness and instant gratification is the name of the game.
Something that is obvious is the contradiction that have arisen over the digital era of music making is that the more freedom and the easier it is to make music we definitvely is not gunning for new heights but have settled for excruciatingly bland music and each year more young ears thinks that it is normal and scoff at music that is alive and have some soul!
Have nothing against music using a loop or two and there is a deep love and respect for Hip hop/rap (being a constant in my life) which is something different.
The reaction to this way of music making is the pre-packaging and killing of creativity.
Also totally aware that it is not wrong that people enjoy themselves thinking that they are doing something creative and the ego feelgood that comes as a reward,
but do believe that it is creating an environment for the future where that is more important than actually taking the human spirit to new levels of real beauty and broadening of our soul!
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The update since the latest one introduced the possibility to use Bluetooth keyboard as controller which is a great feature.
The the last one brought this to the table:
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Interesting concept as you choose a song (or part of a song) and the app adjust the guitar to sound like the guitar in the song. It seems that some devices have too much latency to enjoy the app fully but it can be worth a try if you are a guitar player.
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