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Composer 'plays' iPad in classical music performance

Posted on 29/05/2012
Brian Lock and Susan Milan at the New York premiere.

Brian Lock and Susan Milan at the New York premiere.

The UK debut performance of the iPad played as a classical instrument will be made at an arts festival this June performed with Flute Professor and former Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Flautist Susan Milan.

Brian Lock, senior lecturer in composition and creative music technology at Royal Holloway, University of London and established film and TV music composer, has developed a revolutionary app which enables him to ‘play’ his iPad as if it is a classical instrument.

He will be performing the UK debut of Dreams and Memoryscapes for Flute, iPad and Birds – a live composition performed on his iPad – at the Play! Festival on 4 June.

As a composer, Brian has always been interested in new technology and how it can push boundaries and when the iPad was released he set about developing the app.

“As the iPad came out, I realised that this was something that you could use to control sound and manipulate a piece of music under one hand,” he explains. “It meant that you didn't need expensive mixing desks to create an original piece of music.”

Brian's app works by enabling the user to control and manipulate many of the usual parameters of music, such as pitch and reverb.

“I think music is changing,” he said. “We are coming to a revolution in technology and music. You can have all of this control and you don't really have to have much knowledge.”

Dreams and Memoryscapes for Flute, iPad and Birds is a live composition which draws on natural bird sounds.

Brian explains: “The app enables you to manipulate music without any sound engineer or mixing desk. In a sense I will be playing the iPad and creating the composition live in front of the audience. It will draw on environmental sounds – in this case birdsong.”

Brian Lock and Susan Milan will be performing Dreams and Memoryscapes for Flute, iPad and Birds at the Play! Festival at The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, The Old Court, St Leonards Road, Windsor on Monday 4 June. For more information visit the Play! website.



   
 
 
 

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