I was listening to an old track that I’d made with a friend a long time ago. It’s something I was really proud of. Something that I think really stands the test of time. I hadn’t heard from him in a couple of years so I sent him a text and got a really quick reply, and it looks like we’ll be meeting up in the not too distant future. That made my day.
When Brian Eno’s Bloom app came out it caused a stir. I guess that people didn’t expect there to be something like that for a mobile platform from someone as significant as Eno. Personally I thought it sent a very clear signal as to how important mobile was, and that was great news.
Even though these apps (Bloom, Air, Trope) haven’t had many updates I still like them. I still find them interesting to listen to and play with, and I’m glad that Eno did them. I hope he’ll do something more in the mobile space, something really innovative, but if he does I expect it will be quite unexpected.
This app is one that hasn’t seen an update in years I think. It’s one of the original synth / drum machine apps, and whilst the interface isn’t great, especially by today’s standards, it has a nice randomise function to it which can be quite fun to play with.
So I think it can stay on my music iPhone 3G.
I briefly turned the comments back on here a while back only to receive a flood of spam comments. So I’ve turned them off again. This is a bit of a problem as things aren’t very interactive really.
So instead you can always talk to me on twitter or even facebook if you want to. I suppose I’ll eventually figure out a good way of sorting out the comment spam, but to give you an idea of the ratio, there have been roughly 600 comments, or which less than 50 are not spam.
I posted this picture on instagram yesterday. I was having a great time playing with Microbe on my old Treo 650. Then suddenly, all the files disappeared. Which was a bit of a shame as I hadn’t played any of them for ages, and one or two I thought were actually worth saving.
I’ve no idea if anything can be done to recover them, I guess I’ll have to have a nose around the old forum to see if there’s anything there that helps. If not, well, that’s a shame.
I very clearly remember when this first came out. It was very exciting. Thump went a bit further than the more traditional 2 x synths and 1 x drum machine app. It had more scope for playing with the sounds, especially in terms of drum sounds, which was a little unusual back then. When I say back then of course I only mean 2009, which isn’t that long ago at all, but things have moved on a great deal.
I still like Thump. It’s just different enough to give it a slightly unique sound, and that’s not something you find everyday.
It happened yesterday. With no warning whatsoever. They were working during the day, and by 5pm, the right hand side had completely given up. Of course, they’re out of the warranty period. So for now I have to resort to my back up phones for at least a few days until I can get something new. But, what to go for?
I happened to just check my soundcloud account to see how many plays I had this week, and couldn’t believe that this track had come in at almost 3000 plays! I have no idea why.
Another app that I haven’t used in ages but is still a very good app on the 3G. I remember when iSyn first came out and was a real revelation. It’s still just a 2 synths and drums app, but what it does it does well and the synth controls and sequencers are easy to get around.
If I had one complaint it would be about the project save functionality although I doubt very much that it will be updated or sorted out at any point.