iPad of the Tiger

August 12, 2010

A few Music Technology staff at the college have approached me (as they do) and asked for some iPads to allow their students to create some music.

I have already posted some videos of others doing this.

This version of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger was recorded completely using iPad applications.

Created by photographer Jordan Hollender and musician Scott Harris.

There are some very interesting iPad applications for music and musical instruments, something we might look into at a later date at the college.

Found via TUAW.

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Playing the iPad

July 15, 2010

I am sure most people are aware of the many music “instrument” apps for the iPhone and the iPad.

I was talking to one of our music technology lecturers the other day and she was asking if we could get some iPads so that her learners could play a set with them.

This is not something that hasn’t been done before as can be seen from these two videos of iPads and iPhones been used with real instruments.

Certainly shows how gadgets like the iPad can be used for things that you wouldn’t think were even possible.


Royalty Free Film Music

January 31, 2009

Film and media students often like to create their own films or edit other people’s films. When making their own films, they would often use a piece of popular music or a film soundtrack and add it to their films.

Royalty Free Film Music

In the olden days before everyone has access to the internet and online video sites such as YouTube and Blip.tv it wouldn’t matter that media and film students would infringe copyright as it was very unlikely that anyone apart from the student and their lecturer would view the video.

Edit: Just to note that it mattered then as it matters now that students infringed copyright. When I said wouldn’t matter what I was thinking was that staff and students then wouldn’t worry about infringing copyright as they perceived the risk of being caught very low and as a result wouldn’t worry about infringing copyright. But it was as wrong then as it is now, just now the risk of being caught is higher.

However these days students are not only making films, they also want to show them off. They are uploading them to YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and loads of other places on the internet.

As a result it is much easier for rights owners to find that the students have infringed their copyright. Regardless of your views on this, it can make life easier for the student, the lecturer and the college to have a source of music for these student films that does not infringe someone’s copyright.

They can of course seek permission from the copyright owner and this may be given or asked to pay a royalty.

The following is not copyright free, but you don’t need to pay royalties, just need to credit.

Lots of wonderful film type music.

From the FAQ

Can I use this music in a Student Film? Commercial Film? Stage Production? Flash Animation? Instructional DVD? Relaxation CD? Slideshow?

Yes. Anything and everything – as long as I get a credit.

Used it myself in a little film I made about the ALT Conference Dinner.

Great source of music for film projects.