Friday, December 17, 2010
A group of guys at a community church in America made a band called 'North Point's iBand' and did a Christmas concert of three songs on some iPad's and a few old iPhones.
You can download their songs for free at www.northpointmusic.org/christmas.
The band consisted of ten men on stage performing “Carol of the Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Feliz Navidad,” only they don’t have instruments; they have iPhones.
“The band was a one-time thing. It was a fun experiment,” explains the band’s pianist Reid Greven.
Comprising five iPads, five iPhones and the Georgia-based North Point Community Church’s normal assembly of professional musicians; the iBand was born after members of the group stumbled upon an iPhone performance on YouTube.
“We all own iPhones, and being musicians we all have music apps on them and we went from there,” explains Greven.
When the group performed Dec. 5 in front of the church’s 12,000-person congregation, they had no idea what sort of reaction they would get.
“We woke up that Sunday morning hoping for maybe some smiles and maybe some mild applause,” says Graven. “We just hoped they would get what we were doing and not hate it.”
Interview Source: http://www.thestar.com
Here is a video of their performance. Some of the sounds are fairly average synthesized samples, but the drums, bells, and some of the other parts are really impressive.
Looks like we have a few more iPad apps to check out here at Passy World over the Christmas break. A Nerd's work is never done.
If money is tight this Christmas, and Santa doesn't bring you an iPad, then you could always do some "tic tac music".
And while we are taking a look at amazing musical innovations, here is a sneak peek at the next generation of technology: Invisible Drums!
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