How does mobile music sound on stage? How suitable are mobile apps for live performances? Musicians place high demands on the functionality, the handling and the reliability of their instruments. Everything must develop at the moment, must be expressive and at the same time intimate. On the MMM2017, experienced appmusicians will present their different approaches in a joint concert.
We are delighted to present you another highlight of the international symposium MOBILE MUSIC IN THE MAKING 2017. To show the range of possibilities for making music with apps, we asked the speakers who would like to present a 10-minute piece in a concert. Despite the short preparation time of 7 days, a bunch of musicians spontaneously reported back. In this article, we will introduce you to the protagonists in image and sound.
As a final part of the international symposium, the performance “MOBILE MUSIC in Concert” takes place on the 11th of March in the Appmusik Studio and the large lecture room. It is foreseen that the audience will move from room to room between the performances of the appmusicians. This means long conversion times and sound checks can be avoided.
UPDATE: We recorded the concert on video! The video recordings of the individual concert contributions are currently in production and will be released in the coming days in this blog.
Stay tuned …
The musicians of DigiEnsemble Berlin have been rehearsing weekly at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2010 – they had to say “home advantage”. They are the first professional tablet orchestra / band and have been performing since 2011 regularly concerts at major concert halls, festivals as well as on receptions or prize lending. Their work fires that the trained musicians come from quite different genres: classical, rock to electro. Their repertoire includes musical experiments as well as a show program. More at www.digiensemble.de
Gad Hinkis is composing electronic music, hip-hop, rapping and singing since 2000. He produced 15 albums with dozens of projects and played over 300 shows worldwide. Living in Berlin since 2009, he is the front man and producer of Dirty Honkers, a groundbreaking electro-swing band infamous for their explosive live shows, and custom made digital instruments. In 2013 Gad founded the art collective Polyjam, where he designs interactive music installations for events and festivals, such as TOA, Music Tech Fest and Jerusalem film festival. Today he is the inventor of the Polyjamer App, a social music communication system for all ages. More at http://www.polyjam.de/polyjamer
Since 2012 the musician Martin Neuhold works with mobile devices and apps exclusively. His music moves between ambient and downtempo up to Rock and Postrock (partly under the alias “A Dark Object”). He is inspired by nature and the environment, but also by spiritual themes. He has published more than 20 albums, also in collaboration with various other artists. In live performances – as with the MMM2017 – he tries to pick up the listeners with improvisations and sound landscapes and take them on a journey with them. More music at https://martinneuhold.bandcamp.com/
Since 2012, Michau da Silva aka 10op has produced music with apps in complement to his Ableton projects. His music he calls Tropedelic, in which playful melodies with subtle effects play easily with a wip directly to the body. His very special style in the use of his repertoire of apps he could prove on several shows in the Klunkerkranich and on private parties. The apps that are most commonly used are: nanostudio, samplr, triqtraq, korg gadget, polychord, turnado, and thumbjam. More at https://soundcloud.com/10op
The musician Hari Karam Singh is also an app developer. He specializes in motion-controlled options. In the concert he plays his current app “AC Sabre” (German: Säbel) with which he remotely controls the computer as a sound generator. The app can also effectively control other apps, as demonstrated on YouTube. More at http://air-craft.co/
Since 1985, Stefan Gisler has been dealing with electronic music. In 2011, after buying his first iPad (iPad 2), the world of making music for Stefan changed fundamentally. After several test runs, he decided after the appearance of the first well-sounding piano app to use sounds only from tablets or smartphones in the future. No more computers with expensive plugins and always too little CPU power or hardware. Now he prefers small handy devices with infinite sound diversity and also completely new possibilities to create and manipulate sounds.
In 2013, he played his first iOS concert as part of the final examination of his school music studies. At the end of 2014, the first EP “Pad World” was released and in the meantime he has published videos on YouTube. More music at: http://stefangisler.com/music-projects/
Peter Kirn is an electronic musician/composer, media artist, and technologist/writer. His own music has included music for dance (contemporary), music for dance floors (techno), and experimental projects, including collaborations with Vera Kochubey, Robert Lippok, Benjamin Weiss (as NERK/KIRN, on Snork Enterprises), and others, as well as his projects Imaski and Alchemic Harm (on Instruments of Discipline). He is the author of daily music and visual tech site CDM, co-creator of the MeeBlip open source synthesizer, and originator of various open technology platforms including the MusicMakers Hacklab. He runs the record label Establishment.
The well-known artist collective Herrmutt Lobby from Belgium had also registered as speakers as well as performer of the final concert. Since 1997 the individual members of the group have published on different labels – DUB, Studio! K7, Vlek, Eat Concrete, Thin Consolation, Catune – and across genres. Alongside music, they have also developed and built various software, controllers and apps. Including the music app Beatsurfing and PlayGround. More at https://herrmuttlobby.com/
Because of the strikes at the Berlin airports they tried to get to Berlin in vain. Unfortunately, they had to cancel the show. An impressive insight is provided by this video on YouTube:
Jakob Haq is known in the mobile music scene through his music app tutorials. In the concert, he wanted to present a live set. Due to the strikes, his performance has also fallen into the water, because he had to leave an evening earlier than planned. Nevertheless, we were happy about his session contributions at the MOBILE MUSIC IN THE MAKING 2017 and hope to return soon in Berlin. On his Youtube-Channel you will find more live performances.
We hope this line up will give an idea of what mobile music could be. Maybe there are more different styles. Do you know other experienced musicians who are regularly on the stage with apps? Recommendations and links to videos are gratefully accepted in the comments section. Maybe they will be at the next MOBILE MUSIC in concert … 🙂