Monday, August 18, 2014

Yaoband shape music with the help of iPads.Video.

Musicians Luke Wang and Peter Feng formed Yaoband on a shared vision of musical experimentation. Inspired by the real life sounds of modern China, they developed a genre-bending electropop style that evolves with each beat. iPad helps them capture, record, and perform their innovative music.

It is wonderful when you are  a music composer to be help by the new technologies out there. Yaoband's Luke Wang and Peter Feng uses both Apple's iPad Air and iPad mini to capture sound bytes, manipulate them and put it all together with a few apps. Specifically, Yaoband uses Native Instruments's iMaschine, Alexander Gross's Music Studio, and Akai's iMPC.

"I find music everywhere," Wang says. "iPad is how I capture it. I can take anything that inspires me and make it part of our music."

In addition to harvesting and tweaking sound, Wang employs an iPad mini to playback snippets and beats while performing, allowing him to innovate in real time. For motion-based audio output, the group's DJ and producer uses Confusionists's MIDI Designer Pro, while improvised loops and beats come from Propellerhead's Figure.

"iPad gives me the most freedom when we're on stage," he says. "I can shape our sound with body movements. I can even go out into the audience and really connect with the crowd."

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