Ever since the iPad appeared last year I’ve been intrigued by the rash of music apps that have been created, almost on a daily basis. A large number of them are portals to FM radio sites or album sites for specific artists, but in amongst it all there are some fantastic instruments that exploit the iPad’s multi-touch screen in very imaginative ways.
I’ve downloaded a few instrument apps and tried them out with varying success. A favourite app is the Celtic Harp, one of the few that I’ve paid for as I usually go for the Lite version first. The Harp has 31 strings spaced just wide enough apart so that you can pluck them individually or strum different tunings easily. Volume and sharpness of notes are determined by where you touch the string. – bottom for soft and quiet, top for loud and sharp. It’s just such a clever use of the interface and makes playing the Harp a lot of fun.
Here’s a performance at Macworld 2011 by Jordan Rudess, a keyboardist with Dream Theater and creator of the app MorphWiz: