Padworks – Building a solo live performance with iPad

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Romanowski, Otto
dc.contributor.author Ahva, Tuomas
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-26T06:53:34Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-26T06:53:34Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/20428
dc.description.abstract In the early Spring 2012 my friend asked me to join his project: a band of three iPads. I did, and we started a band called Autokomplete. We played one gig, a short medley of songs in a publication event of a news reader iPad app. We used three iPads, and six or seven different apps. It was a success: the audience liked us, we had great fun, and most importantly the iPads worked very well as musical instruments. As far as I know we were the first band of iPads in Helsinki in 2012. Playing the iPad was welcomed by the public as something new and exciting. I was excited about it, too. I liked the possibilities that the big touch screen provided, the new sounds that I was about to create, and the new ways of interacting with the music and band mates. This has lead to several occasions where I’ve played iPad live, one of the highlights being a performance of iPad Orchestra in Sibelius Academy in 2014. Now in 2016 I’m still excited. Playing the iPad has become a fixed part of my musical setup. It raises interest in other people and actually iPad as a musical instrument is still regarded as something fairly new. In last few years, the amount of musical apps in the App Store has increased in number and iPad’s have become faster. But basically it’s still the same device with same possibilities and defects: it’s a portable touchscreen computer with modest computational power and enough memory to run a few apps at the same time. It’s not a musical instrument by design. However, as a musician I find it intriguing. It is the apps that make the iPad an instrument, together with the different built-in sensors. The apps can be used to produce interesting music and that music can be played live as a solo performance, using the iPad as the main instrument. This master thesis discusses how it’s possible to build an interesting live solo music performance with iPad. The research is anchored to the ideas of research of computer music and New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). I use my own practice and experience as a basis to this research. I list factors that influence the creative process of a musician who uses iPad in the live setup. Based on these factors I compose a live performance for the iPad. As a conclusion I reflect different approaches to build a live composition with my own experiences, personal background motivation, attitudes and ideas. The conclusion sums up different factors that constitute a musical live performance done using iPad as the main instrument that I find interesting. This research can be used as groundwork for defining what iPad musicianship is. en
dc.format.extent 102 + 4
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Padworks – Building a solo live performance with iPad en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Median laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword iPad en
dc.subject.keyword NIME en
dc.subject.keyword electronic music en
dc.subject.keyword musicianship en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201605262134
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Ikonen, Antti
dc.programme Sound in New Media en


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