I forget about Yellofier and then this guy that already made a bunch of tracks using the app reminds me every second month or so... It is one of the more fun apps for Android and it is definitively possible to get interesting results. Anyone interested in sampling on a creative tip should check it out.
The creator was tired of not ever finishing music and decided to an album using just Yellofier.
It sounds cool and it is pretty amazing how far you go using just Yellofier with no added apps/software!
Here is what he said about the album:
I've always enjoyed playing around with samples and I find the limiting nature of Yellofier ideal for me to get creative quickly and get a simple song idea down. The main thing though is that it is brilliant fun which is the whole point for me.
My influences for the album is early 90's rave, techno and acid as I grew up listening to and attending various raves in the UK.
Feel a little bit bad that this did not get posted earlier as I meant to post it many weeks ago but being a mentally challenged person and a good procrastinator...
This is a nice video showing Yellofier for making some dusty beats.
So he is using a iPad but the only difference is that in Android you use Audio Evolution or something else for recording the beat to import into Yellofier.
Yellofier have been on my mind lately and this is just another reminder that Yellofier is a great tool.
Yellofier together with Oscilab is to me the two most intuitive playful and easy apps there is to make music with and this without becoming cookie cutter music.
They both inspire and can take you as deep as you want to go and at the same time have a lot of fun. They both feel like cheating but not in the way as some remix app with preloaded loops fitting together but just because you actually do create something original without effort.
Anyway this guy have created a whole bunch of Yellofier tracks with videos and even if it is not my bag it gives me a reason to bring up Yellofier again as it is a fun app to play with specially when you start to load your own samples.
This is made by one of the creators of Yellofier and is a pretty good example of what would be easy to do in Yellofier.
Meaning the popping of corks not the bland background music...
Here is the Youtube channel description:
There is a sound that distinctly lets you know that the party is starting and you're about to get something nice to drink. It's the sound of a popping wine cork. Everyone loves that sound, right?
Alf Tumble, one of Sweden's most established Sommelier and wine writer, together with Håkan Lidbo, music producer and sound artist, have made this project to explore the sound of the popping cork. What key is this sound? Do all bottles sound the same? Can you even tell something about the properties of the wine by listening to the pop?
Twink have made some albums with accompanying images of outmost charm and music that delights in it's playfulness using exclusively toy instruments.
This being the second one constraining / liberating himself to the confines of Yellofier.
Both albums are for free and could be an inspiration to get into Yellofier deeper.
It is after all one of the better, interesting and very easy to use apps for Android.
As the app have some settings that works in the background the advantage is that you can make tracks that come out more or less fully produced from the get go which can be liberating.
Ahhh yes both albums being for freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
The Yellofier contest is over and I did not win!!! WTF!
Well I guess I can not be a sore loser as this contribution was better than mine.
Anyway how come that the biggest contest in form of prize for mobile apps both Android and iOS ( and maybe of any music software ) only had about sixty contestants?
( Yes I know the contest was restricted to Europe but still... )
I mean that is slightly crazy... the prize being a car and to play the song together with Boris Blank of Yellofier.
People did not even had to buy the app it was a free version during the contest...
All someone had to do was to get into the top fifty participants through facebook likes to be judged. This was not hard as there was so few people competing I think most of those fifty had about twenty likes.
Plus that it is not hard to make things sound good in Yellofier you fumble around for some hours and there will be good sounding music coming out. Although I must admit that the way that everything comes out sounding slightly the same if you use the effects on top of the sounds, it is already giving me ear fatigue to hear some of the Yellofier tracks... my own included. But if you avoid some of the effects it is a good sample cut up machine and player / sequencer and can be a good thing to have in your Android music making arsenal.
Here is the song.
Yellofier being ported to Android from iOS is an interesting and new addition to the selection of musical manipulation and music making applications for Android.
One thing that got obvious from the beginning is that they have actually succeeded in doing what their publicity said it would do. Creating an application that is easy to use for non musicians and musicians alike getting some musically effective beats going in no time.
Interesting to is that one of the creators being part of the band Yello that made some waves in the eighties with quirky catchy pop music and being sold as a application that will make a Yello type of music it actually succeeds in doing just that, as a lot of the sounds you throw at it actually comes out Yellofied after just a little bit of messing around.
So what is Yellofier.
At a quick glance it looks like a sample player with a built in sequencer and effects to use on top of you samples with a colourful and different type of interface. Effectively that's it.
So what makes it different from any other sample player / sequencer?
The directness and workflow gives it a easy learning curve makes it fun to use.
What you get is the possibility to create two soundbanks with up to eight sounds each plus four soundbanks that comes with the application.
This you can sequence in one of four tracks that can span 99 bars each and each bar can use any of the soundbanks for sequencing. So here comes one of the things that makes Yellofier different and that is that you have eight effects and you can use any of the effects on top of any of the sequencer steps / sounds. Meaning that you can have sixteen steps, each with different effects.
The effects have four fixed settings that gets accessed by turning a square with the sample and effect this takes some practice but not too much and that may be the only thing that is slightly difficult learning in Yellofier.
The effects and how they work with their four fixed settings is the main reason how the application makes the music sound like it could have been made by Yello.
For me though what is both the great and at the same time my biggest complaint of Yellofier is for the same reason.
What is good like mentioned is that you fire it up experiment and have a piece of music that sounds good. This because a lot of things is sweetening the sound behind the scene and even things like panning of the samples are made for you.
Making it perfect for people that do not know how to set effects and mix.
Not to say that it is toyish it is definitely capable of doing some serious music with.
But it gets slightly repetitive to hear the same effects as some of them tend to smooch any sample to sound the same. And already have heard a fair bit of music being made with Yellofier it is getting boring already to hear certain things in all of the songs.
So on one hand it is great that you can create and have fun easily but as you are forced in many ways into a specific sound it can feel limiting. Have to mention to that there is only one time signature 4/4.
So in the end it's greatest strength is also it's greatest weakness as it would not be fun and intuitive if it was set up differently but it also makes it limiting and somewhat frustrating.
In either case i do feel like it is an application that is worth getting as you can also just use it as a sampler that can load a sample or record directly and then slice it easily to be played directly with responsive pads or sequenced and even though I complained about things turning out similar it also can get some funky grooves going that you would have a hard time getting in other ways. Of course it can also be useful for shorter beats and sample manipulations and to throw in parts of something that you work on to see what you can make happen.
Okay there is also one critique that has to be brought up. It is that they have set the minimum for Android at 2.3.3 which is not right. It does not work at all on neither my device that is 2.3.3 and my tablet that uses 3.2 it started more or less good but stopped working pretty fast... For some reason when I go to the Playstore through my device it says that you need Android 4.0. In either case be aware that your device may not be able to handle it and there is no Demo version to try but if you are reading this as posted now there is a free version ( for Europe ) that you can use for for the contest that is going on which functions the same but will stop working on March the first. In either case if you have Android 4.0 or over it should not be any problems.
To finish here is some music that I made for the competition that is going on with Yellofier.
The biggest contest yet for an Android / iOS application and probably for any music software!
And there is no excuse to not participate as there is a free special version of Yellofier for the contest that works as the standard one but will stop working on March 1:st.
This of course also gives you a big opportunity to really try the application out if you are uncertain about buying it or to see if it works properly on your device (as they have set the minimum at Android 2.3.3 and it will be too low for many devices...).
One sad thing if you are not from Europe is that it is only for Europeans.
Well blabbling on about the smaller things maybe we should skip to the interesting thing, that there has not been any contest like this where you can actually win something substantial.
A car by Wolksvagen called e-up! Invitations to Electronic Beats Festival and a the chance to present your track together with Boris Blank from the Group Yello.
One thing to keep in mind is not the obvious, winning a new car but the real prize I think is the attention you could get for your music. This should not be underestimated as in this day and age it is hard to get yourself heard and this kind of publicity does not grow on trees.
Just to get Boris Blank to hear you personally is just great.
Here is a video presenting the contest.
There is something that was not totally clear but after talking some to Hakan Lidbo one of the creators I am happy to say that my fears are alleviated.
Because it was not clear of what kind of sound material that is allowed to be used but you are pretty free to use any sounds of your concoction as long as you use parts of the soundbank 3 where Boris Blank says - Move, Dance and Electrified.
This means that you can take 16 favorite samples and use in combination with the four soundbanks that the app comes with. Or export layered sounds and import etc.
Remember that you can also record things directly into your device...
Well this is some history in the making when it comes to Music contests.
So it means that we have to participate win and so be part of history and of course create good music in the process!
To read more and to inscribe yourself:
Yellofier VW Contest
If you are interested in reading what two of the main creators of Yellofier have to say about their application go here and scroll down to read:
One of my disappointments last year was that Yellofier did not come out before the year was over as was said... But now I am happy because now it is here and thus begins the new year with a great new application for Android
Have used it for some hours today and it is highly recommendable with some reservations.
It is a I think a must buy for anyone that likes to use samples in their music.
I will write a review of Yellofier in the days to come.
One thing that has to be said now though is that the recommended specifications are too low. They have put it at Android 2.3.3 and it would surprise me if it worked okay on more than maybe a couple of phones.
Will try on my HTC wildfire but have tried it on a Vodafone Tablet with Android 3.2 and it worked more or less in the beginning but it was struggling and now it only opens up unto a frozen page when starting the application.
So remember that if your device is not strong and even if it is said that it is supposed to work be ready to use the fifteen minutes to test the application before hand...
Think that you should not have to high expectations unless you have a device with 4.0 or over.
Until then here is some promotional videos and a album that was posted (as was some of the videos) before but posting it again as it was made using only Yellofier.
So as was reported before the fascinating application called Yellofier that now exists on iOS devices will also be available for Android.
So here is an interesting showcase of what can be done with Yellofier as these tracks are made using it exclusively.
Looking forward to feed Yellofier all kinds of loops and sounds. Fantasizing what it will do with my acoustic guitar riffs and what weirdness will leak out.
Also posting this as Lou Reed died and feel that I need this playful music now!
What Twink says about the music:
Nine miniature songs made entirely with the Yellofier iPhone app using samples from Twink's own toy box.
What started as a way to pass time on a short train trip grew into a full mini album of audio experiments. The Yellofier app (developed by the band Yello, most famous for "Oh Yeah" from the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off) is a perfect tool for the Twink workflow. It helps create complex tunes out of simple sounds and structures, mixing hi-fi technology with a certain wonky charm.
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