While I’m more than happy to run both desktop and iOS-based music making systems, I think most of us iOS musicians know that, at present at least, iOS music technology is not really mainstream. Yes, there are probably considerable numbers of musicians (at all levels of skill and experience) that have used iOS music apps but, compared to the numbers making music with a desktop or laptop platform, those numbers are still going to be modest. Equally, I guess most iOS music tech converts will have experienced occasions when your music tech colleagues have been less than polite and/or enthusiastic about your iOS-based ‘musical toys’.
It is, however, an attitude that is slowly changing as the profile of mobile music making has grown. Younger music makers are growing up with this technology as simply part of the furniture (and have no preconceived ideas as to what it might, or might not, be able to do) while the technology is also gaining exposure in mainstream music technology press and industry events. So, progress is being made…. but there is also still some way to go.
Which is why it is great to see events like that being staged by Music Nation, a musical education organisation based in Leeds, UK, putting on a dedicated series of events based entirely around iOS music production. Jonathan Vipond from Music Nation has put together a number of sessions running in March and April. These will be presented by members of the Music Nation team but will also include contributions from someone very well know to the global iOS music tech community; Jakob HaQ.
Obviously, the events are most likely to be of interest to those based in the UK but it is brilliant to see these sorts of dedicated iOS music technology sessions being offered. And while they will, of course, help spread the word, with Jakob involved, I’m sure they will also be a lot of fun.
Anyway, if you want to find out more about what’s being offered, and check dates and availability, then simply check out the Music Nation event webpage. There are also full contact details available if you want to contact Jonathan, or other members of the the Music Nation team, for further details.