Ashley Elsdon – the writer and musician behind the blog Palm Sounds – has posted some interesting thoughts on why he thinks mobile music is important.
He mentions three main reasons why he thinks mobile music making matters. The first reason is immediacy and access:
Inspiration doesn’t appear on a schedule, and doesn’t recognise when you have time to set up your gear or access the right equipment.
We’ve all had times when you we have a great idea for a track but by the time you get to a computer, or whatever else you use to make music, the idea has gone, possibly never to return. It might have been an incredible idea for a track or song, or it might not, but you’ll never know, so what can you do?
Being able to capture your inspiration and ideas wherever you are and with just the tiny device that sits in your pocket can go a long way to solving that problem. Sure, it’s not going to replace an entire professional studio, at least not yet anyway, but there are now so many different applications that you can use. From synths to multitrack recorders to drum machines to sequencers to guitars and esoteric instruments and every combination in between.
Now you can have the option of turning your dull bus journey into something more productive. If that’s what you want, of course.
Miniaturization is an ongoing trend in electronics and it’s driving mobilization – making everything portable. This means that it’s inevitable that the computing power of your desktop or laptop DAW is going to fit in your pocket within a few years.
It’s an interesting trend to see happening – and it’s surprising to see how some musicians embrace the trend and others resist it. Some, like Elsdon, relish the idea of putting their otherwise wasted time to better use, making beats on the bus and tracks on the train.
This sort of thing annoys the crap out of a lot of musicians, though. If you’re making music on a phone on a bus, is it going to be anything like the music forged out of the interactions between musicians and physical gear in the ‘real world’?
Here’s an example of what one musician, Detroit Underground artist Exillon (Jay Fields), is doing with the mobile virtual studio app TableTop:
While mobile music making has been one of the more divisive subject we’ve covered, it’s here to stay, just as digital synths followed analog synths, DAWs followed tape, virtual synths followed digital synths and laptops followed desktops.
You can read Elsdon’s full essay as a guest post at Music 4.5.
What do you think about the mobile music making trend?
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