The Future Of Music = iPad Music Apps?

If you’re in New York, there’s an interesting event scheduled for February 3rd, Techserve’s Future Of Music V, which will feature WireToTheEar’s Oliver Chesler (aka The Horrorist) and CDM’s Peter Kirn.

Apparently the Future Of Music is iPad music apps!

Here’s the rundown on the event:

The Future of Music V: The Craft of iPad Music-Making

Join us at Tekserve for the fifth Future of Music performance and panel discussion, co-presented with Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music, a leading blog and community for artists pushing the possibilities of how technology is used to create music. In this installment, we’ll take a look at how the proliferation of iPad and iApps has empowered amateurs and pros alike to create and perform music in new ways, anywhere.

The iPad has emerged as a new platform for music creation and performance. A new breed of software with innovative graphical interfaces, all powered by touch, is bringing futuristic musical interaction to your fingertips.

At this special Future of Music event, you’ll hear and see the musical and visual results as leading electronic artists perform live. Learn how you can use the tools they’re using, whether you’re an advanced musician or just want to get started.

Harry Allen will be back again to moderate discussion between four cutting-edge artists:

  • Peter Kirn ( will demonstrate how the iPad can work with open-source gear to make music via both touch and traditional hardware control
  • Steve Horelick (, an accomplished composer, songwriter and electronic music performer, will share his advanced, custom-built Logic environments, wherein he couple controllers with new iPad creations
  • Joshue Ott (Thicket app, will demonstrate his apps that transform the iPad into an audio/visual art object, inspired by his live performances with musicians around the world
  • Oliver Chesler (aka The Horrorist, will present the best music-making and performance apps and how to fit them into your workflow

Come to Tekserve on Thursday, February 3rd at 8:30 to catch these exclusive performances and join in on the discussion.

While we’re not ready to relegate synthesizers to the dustbin of the history quite yet, Tekserve has a a great line-up for the event – and a provocative topic.

via wiretotheear

16 thoughts on “The Future Of Music = iPad Music Apps?

  1. Bullocks, it is nothing more than "The King is dead. Long live the King". It is cute though to see narrow-minded people proclaiming the future. Like me…;-)

  2. Yeah, like the synthesizer killed all instruments that came before it, and digital synths made analog synths totally obsolete, the iPad (and other tablets, hopefully) will surely obliterate each and every instrument, device and tool we use today. I guess that after the initial hype tablet performances become as interesting as laptop performances and we'll witness a new iteration of the old discussion about what electronic musicians using the latest performance technology can have a similar stage presence as a lead guitarist or jazz sax player. History repeating … Yawn.

  3. Actually, for the record, I'd lobbied against the use of the "Future of Music" moniker. It's a series Tekserve has been doing for some time, though, so they wanted to keep it.

    The idea is to talk about how the iPad can be used as a tool, and how it can fit into existing workflows. For my segment, I'll talk about using it as a MIDI sequencer with existing hardware. I think talking about the "future of music" is problematic because even at its most radical, music is connected to tradition. We want to be involved in music making for a long period of time, so you can't just use something as a fad and be satisfied. MIDI isn't perfect, but it is certainly a great example of a technology lasting and getting better with age.

    We also have Steve Horelick, who makes the iPad a controller with a Logic setup he's been working on for years, Josh Ott, who has translated ideas with Morgan Packard that each have been developing for a number of years but that benefit from having this new form factor, and Oliver from wiretotheear, who has made his iPad an extension of the toys and tools in his studio.

    I'm not terribly interested in getting hung up on whether someone uses one tool or another. I think it's great that people are taking this device that otherwise would be restricted to only reading and watching TV and playing Angry Birds and getting to make music with it, too. But it's not immediately obvious to everyone where to begin. So this event is a chance to help people discover that. (nothing against Angry Birds, either, also a fun activity)

  4. …the future for Amateur music! maybe. Don't get me wrong, there are some nice apps, but they're always limited, because even though the touch work-flow is promising, it has a lot of limitations, compared to working with a mouse, and the current hardware specs are nowhere close to a real DAW workstation.. so there's always a limit to what you can do with it. And finally, for the price you can get yourself a nice laptop that can run anything and everything (if portability is what you're looking for)..

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