When I think back on rhythm games, one of the first that comes to mind is PaRappa the Rapper on the good ol’ PS1. When I think of contemporary examples, Guitar Hero,its offsprings and rip-offs come to mind. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, its undeniable that Rock Band (one of the more popular offsprings of Guitar Hero) has left its imprint on all the consoles. Now, the oft’ copied Rock Band has migrated to the palms of eager iDevice gamers.
I used to disregard the American trance/progressive scene as derivative and boring, but damn, Markus Schulz’ exciting first album, Progression, has showed me how erred that thinking was. While he is a naturalised American from Germany, he is bringing the beats to the USA with a vigour that sends me into shivers. I purchased Progression on a blessed whim about a year ago when the album was no more than a great, few weeks old listen – now it is among my staple listens. And because of Markus’ technical mixing, Progression houses a few benchmark songs for headphone testing! Well, now the American trance man himself has become a Global DJ Top 15 member and has an app. Markus Schulz by phizuu is all things Schulz, but in your pocket, and unlike myriad other web-leaching apps, free. Did I download it? What do you think?
Want to know more about the man who may bring trance to a rock/pop blind nation? Check out Markus Schulz’ website.
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Oh, how far we’ve come. It seems just like yesterday (maybe because it was yesterday), that I asked myself if GarageBand, or at least some form of it, would make its way onto the iDevice. Well, my friends, there is in-fact an app for that, and it goes by the name of Xewton Music Studio.
Don’t whistle, don’t sing along with friends. By all means, forget friday night karaoke if you want to avoid tariffs from the record indu$try. The ASCAP (pronounced “ass cap” – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI, are looking for a little more action from everyone, even those like Apple, who advertise their music. I’ll admit it – I purchase iTunes content about once per month and rent a movie nearly every week from Apple. More than anything else, song previews help me suss out the albums I want and are free advertising for musicians and record labels. What better way to sell content? Ass cap, it would seem, don’t subscribe to that logic and want to charge Apple for the previews which in turn, will show up in price increases per song and album, effectively killing legit online purchases for many people.[via CNET]
Smule, creator of the fine musical app, Ocarina, has brought the Antares autotune popularized by T-Pain to the iPhone. I Am T-Pain is pretty simple, and does what it says: roboticisng your voice to in order to perform such classic hits as Buy U A Drank and I’m On A Boat. You can set it to different scales or just a generic T-Pain style, but more on that later.
The Japanese mobile phone market is incredible. If the iPhone hasn’t picked up steam in the island nation, it is probably for good reason: it simply doesn’t do half of the ‘mobile internet things‘ it needs to in order to be useful in Japan. One, is piracy. Apple’s sandboxed OS is great for stopping malicious code, and may even be the best way for porn connoisseurs to finally escape the viral effects of their habit. But, it isn’t a great platform for getting free music; especially in the land of the rising sun.
According to the Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri, certain BBS services and webpages are loaded with tunes for mobile phone users to capitalise on without having to part with any capital.
As long as you have internet, you have music. While not Spotify’s mantra, it seems a reasonable motto for the ground-breaking music service. Today in simultaneous releases, Spotify hit both the App Store and Android’s Marketplace. This isn’t just another music front-end, nor a normal piece of news. Spotify can literally replace iTunes for the casual listener. The service currently only services the the Viking countries, their formally pillaged lands (i.e. UK), Spain, Finland, and France.
Spotify, Spotify, 0€ (UK Link)
Back in the good ol’ jailbreaking days of firmware 1.1.1, the iPod touch was my main source of media entertainment. 2 years later I have given up jailbreaking but I’m constantly reminded of the apps that made jailbreaking worthwhile. One of these apps was PocketTouch, which allowed you to blindly control music without using the Music app. Amazing Pocket Control – SightFree iTunes snuck into the App Store beneath everybody’s radar. I’d not heard of it before and no one really talks about it – I wonder why?
Well, I’ve finally done it. I have finally convinced myself to partake in the extravaganza known as “going on tour”. Having prior experience from Guitar Hero and seven years of electric guitar lessons, I found my skills adequate enough to undergo the journey of traveling to 10 diverse locations around the world and performing there. While my head may still be in the clouds, Guitar Rock Tour 2, by Gameloft is the highly anticipated sequel to one of my favorite games to ever hit the App Store.
If you’ve glanced upon my iShred review, then you already know how I raved about Frontier Design Group. The piano is evidently the latest instrument these talented developers have tackled for the iDevice. I may not be a professional musician with the piano (mainly because my house simply isn’t big enough for a grand piano), but I can honestly say this is the most complex and intuitive piano application I have ever come across.