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Apple's iOS devices are beginning to make their usefulness as musical instruments known, with a number of musicians adopting them for use on stage in increasingly prominent roles.

Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, English New Wave band Squeeze performed one of its early UK hits, "Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)", with keyboardist Stephen Large sharing time between his Roland VK-8 and an iPad, even going so far as to play a solo on the iPad.

(Thanks to DPA for the tip.)

Along the same vein from last weekend's Oxegen music festival in Ireland, Greg French of The Brilliant Things kicked things off as the first band ever to play on the Vodafone stage at the festival by incorporating an iPhone solo into the group's "Something to Say".

Article Link: iPad and iPhone in the Spotlight on Jimmy Fallon and at Oxegen 2010
 

mrrory

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Band of Horses iPad "guitar"

It's possible this was the first use of an iPad onstage? At the Memphis in May Beale St. Music Festival, May 2, 2010. Band of Horses guitarist plays a solo on his iPad guitar, then smashes it and sets it alight Jimi Hendrix style.

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cybaster

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It has cool factor, but it seems impractical.

Oh trust me, this is way better than lugging around a few sample pads and other things when all you need is your iPad....

No one is saying u should be PLAYING keys on it. but they definitely have their place in music.
 
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BC2009

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It's possible this was the first use of an iPad onstage? At the Memphis in May Beale St. Music Festival, May 2, 2010. Band of Horses guitarist plays a solo on his iPad guitar, then smashes it and sets it alight Jimi Hendrix style.

ipadsolo.jpg

just think of the iPad sales numbers skyrocketing as more artists play on them once and them smash them on stage......
 
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nagromme

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I’m not musical but... was that iPad piano soloist missing a lot of keys? It sounded off a lot to me.

The iPhone attached to another instrument is a neat idea, though. You could even feed the guitar through the iPhone (mic in), process it, add other sounds, and feed it back out through a single cable.
 
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Devnor

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Jordan rudess of dream theater has been using an iPhone running bebot & ellatron for the last couple tours.
 
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Daijin

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I've been using an iPhone running Bebot and iKoto on stage.

Hint, always, but always, make sure you are in Airplane Mode before you start. Deeply embarrassing otherwise.
 
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emulator

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If the music you make is so horrible, you must do or use something else to at least look (if you cannot sound) decent.

I’m not musical but... was that iPad piano soloist missing a lot of keys? It sounded off a lot to me.
Of course, no velocity/pressure sensitivity, no aftertouch, small keys = missed and ****ed up notes. It is definitely not an instrument but certainly looks interesting. The proper usage for idevices would be strictly effects, drum machines or sequencing and definitely not playing on them as they were instruments.
 
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corywoolf

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Cool use of the devices. NBC gets a decent chunk of money from Apple to display their products on the desk.
 
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bankshot

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Jordan rudess of dream theater has been using an iPhone running bebot & ellatron for the last couple tours.

Glad you brought that up. He's even co-written an app specially for the iPad, etc. called Morphwiz. Cool videos are on his youtube, http://youtube.com/jcrudess

Yep. Here are a few really good ones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFG7-Q0WI7Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn_uBjKTnkQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m50wHG23XZQ
 
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stuming

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Just one point about the Squeeze video. The iPad doesn't look like it's plugged into anything. Unless it does MIDI over bluetooth then it might be a bit of a joke on us.
 
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SBlue1

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the first song was awful.... but looks fun, when you see it first time.
 
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