Mugician developer Rob Fielding created this demo video for ExpressionPad (App Store link) – a new kind of midi/synth controller for the iPad. Continuous multi-touch support means you can control pitch bend, dynamics, and modulation with each touch, even as you change notes.
While Fielding is not the developer of ExpressionPad (it’s developed by mode of expression), he has some interesting things to say about the app, the App Store and the prospects for selling niche music apps:
ExpressionPad is what a large camp of Mugician users want Mugician to be. But here it is, and it’s at the very bottom of the app store. I just learned about it, and it has existed since June!
Not only is there no justice in the app store, but there is apparently no sanity either. So here is the short answer to those of you who wonder why I didn’t go this route. A fair price and a modest learning curve probably wounded it, and a lack of a plan to get a player-base finished it off, no?
No matter, the fact that so much junk is ahead of it says volumes of sad things.
Fieldings comments help explain why you don’t always get what you want from developers.
Part of what Fielding is seeing, though, seems like an inevitable reflection of the fact that most serious music applications are going to have niche audiences, while slapping T-Pain’s name on an app is going to make it a hit.
Let me know what you think about the prospects for more experimental music apps in the App Store – and the popularity of “junk”.