My phone is also a musical instrument

June 26, 2009

On Wednesday June 24th, 2009 my band The Compilers played our first gig. We opened for Kevin Hoyt at Adobe’s ‘Next Generation Flex & ColdFusion tour’ in Denver CO. The venue was The Magnolia Ballroom in downtown and it was a great time.

The Compilers band is a pure geek rock mashup of music, power, and big brain tech know how. I play bass in the band, and I also play the iPhone on a few songs. I never thought I’d play my phone in a band, but I do and it’s one more reason why the iPhone is the best device ever.

The first tune I played the iPhone on is our version of the ZeroWing inspired ‘All Your Base are Belong to us’. For this song I use the AllYourBase iPhone app to play sound clips from the video, while Scotty and Jun rock out on drums and guitar.

The second song the iPhone appears on is called ‘TweetJam’. This is a real mashup song. Jun the guitarist wrote an Adobe AIR app that reads the band’s Twitter feed ( @thecompilers ), sends the messages to a Java text to speech engine, thanks to Merapi, where the tweets get read by a robot voice. There are a few solo parts to this song, and I have an iPhone solo where I play my favorite app BEBOT. The latest version of BEBOT supports saved presets which makes it perfect for playing different songs on the fly.

So that’s that. My phone is officially an instrument as well as all the other cool things it is. Here are some screenshots and photos from the gig. At some point I’ll be writing my own iPhone apps, now I have a reason besides work.

3 Responses to “My phone is also a musical instrument”

  1. I almost have that same foot pedal in the 2nd to last picture.

    Mine only has one whammy bar, but the buttons [and just about everything] are the same. Is that one the Behringer FCB1010 ? Mine is a Roland FC-200 ; which was designed for the GP-100; one of the first guitar effects processors with amp modeling.

  2. Jun Heider said

    @jeffry Yep, that’s my FCB1010 and what I’m using to control the AIR app while The Compilers is rockin’. Back in the day I had an X-15 Ultrafoot to control my SGE Mach II which I wish I had never gotten rid of.

    Thanks for checkin’ out Eric’s post, he’s got some cool shit happenin’ with the Iphone.

  3. […] (Check out The Compiler’s own BEBOT player’s blog about this and All Your […]

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