This website is by no means a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the iOS musical ecosystem. Its purpose is to provide basic information about some hardware configurations, apps, and creative strategies that I personally have found interesting and useful during my past eleven-odd years of music-making with iOS (Apple) devices and software.
The playful power and portability of iPhones/iPad devices have made possible (especially during the past two years) a fairly continuous stream of musical expression which I have long referred to as my DAILY STUDIES — generative solo improvisations on iPads, mostly of a polyphonic multi-timbral “ensemble” nature, mixing styles and non-genres from hour to hours or day to week.
I have also always used iOS devices in various ways with pupils and students, with considerable joy and success. There is a growing demand for workshops and courses for interested teachers and students, and this site was first and foremost intended as support material for such workshops.
Developments in my personal health situation since early 2023 have significantly reduced my ability to reliably offer such workshops (but have contributed to the continuity, focus and perhaps even quality of some of the music I’m making).
Since I live and teach in Stuttgart, Germany, this site might soon be bilingual English-German, but since most of the other good Internet sources for information on music with iOS seem to be in English, I will allow that less urgency, as most of my German youth have suggested.
The path forward for me and this website is to combine a documentation of selected daily studies with basic introductory comments for listeners, teachers and students identifying apps used therein.
These range from standalone applications which can be useful as first musical encounters for a wide range of pupils and students without knowledge of electronic music. They are intuitive, relatively simple to use (but with enough depth to reward those who are interested) and provide generous results.
With the advent of more powerful devices and increased multi-tasking capabilities (in about the past ten years), with a wide range of “host” environments like AUM, Audiobus (among many others) and standards like AUv3 (Audio Units), it is now possible to build complex configurations of apps for a modular approach to sound production and processing which open the door to very advanced possibilities, both for sound design and live performance. Especially the enormous range of MIDI sequencers, for example, makes iOS a very attractive platform for generative music, which will be an important theme here.about