Here are the apps that help me create and enjoy music wherever I happen to be –says Shlomo.
Beat boxing artist Shlomo has been dazzling audiences around the globe with his looping performances and what he calls “vocal pyrotechnics”.
He’s also worked with some of the biggest names in music including Bjork, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Martha Wainwright, Imogen Heap, The Specials and DJ Yoda.
Now he reveals his favorite apps:
1. The Humble “Voice Memo” app. If you have a smart phone it means you have a high quality dictaphone which can easily record ideas and email them to yourself. I’ll often find myself humming a snippet of a melody, and quickly record it just as it is coming to me – then, when I have a few minutes to kill, I might get out my portable keyboard and take these new ideas further.
2. Voice Jam Studio This is an incredibly flexible looping app I’ve tried – it’s for iPad. As a performer who loops I have all kinds of hardware to do live looping on stage. However, the concept of looping remains the same whether you use hardware, software or an app. Voice Jam Studio can be used for composition and performance.
3. SoundCloud I’ve been aware of SoundCloud for years but in the last year or so I feel it has picked up serious momentum – you can find all sorts of music on there that hasn’t been released yet – artists who aren’t signed but are creating a real buzz. What a fantastic resource – I am there most days trying to hear what is new and fresh and trying to get inspiration. It’s exciting to be listening to brand new tunes, often music that has been released within the last 5 minutes.
4. Spotify is another great app I use every day to listen to my music collection. I use it instead of a CD player. It has even replaced iTunes for me because almost everything and everyone is on there for a small monthly fee.
5. InsTuner I spent ages trying to find a decent guitar tuning app. InsTuner is it – because it just works. It is easy to use and allows me to tune my guitar really quickly. It also has a tone generator, allowing me to find a pitch, replacing the “Piano in your pocket” kind of app.
Are you an Android user wondering why we recommend so many iOS apps? See our article ‘Android or iOS – Which Is Better for Musician Apps?’ where we explain why this is.
Shlomo gave up astrophysics to perform his amazing vocal pyrotechnics. It was a good move. Since then he has won global acclaim and worked with some of the biggest names in music; he’s the 2011 winner of the World Loopstation Championships in LA. www.facebook.com/shlomizzle