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  • New Gorillaz Album Being Made on iPad


    In a potential knockout blow to the naysayers who have slammed the iPad as just a "content-consumption device," Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn says he's been using his iPad to create the next album for the cartoon supergroup. The self-described "technophobe and Luddite" Albarn says the album will be ready in time for Christmas.

    The closed nature of the iPad and the difficulty in printing or transferring files without a jailbreak has led many a pundit to conclude that iPads just are not any good for content creation. However, this has been proved wrong time and time again, with people using iPads for everything from writing to photo editing to DJing. While there are clearly many things better and more easily done on a notebook or desktop computer, the ease of mobility makes the iPad stand out for people with limited space and travelers.

    Damon Albarn created Gorillaz in 1998 when he was living with Jamie Hewlett, the artist behind Tank Girl. Intended as a commentary on MTV culture, the "band" is made up of Hewlett's cartoon characters playing music by Albarn and various other musicians. Albarn spent the last few months on tour fronting a live band with half of the members of the Clash: guitarist Mick Jones and bassist Paul Simonon. In an interview with NME, he revealed that he's been using his new iPad to work on "a studio album made in hotel rooms across America" while on tour. "I've made it on an iPad," he said. "I hope I'll be making the first record on an iPad." Calling himself a "technophobe and Luddite," he nevertheless says he "fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it," and "made a completely different kind of record." Albarn, who's also the lead singer for the Britpop band Blur, says the new Gorillaz album will be "more American-sounding than Blur... like an English voice that has been put through the vocoder of America."

    Albarn says he plans to complete the album, which will be the band's fourth, by Christmas. The third Gorillaz album Plastic Beach was just released in March, five years after Demon Days which featured the hit "Feel Good, Inc." Amusingly, Albarn's public embrace of the iPad comes at the same time that Microsoft is using Gorillaz for heavy marketing for Internet Explorer 9.

    Source: Electronista
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Gorillaz Album Being Made on iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. carbeto's Avatar
      carbeto -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2a View Post
      I think most importantly, we should ask:

      Does it feature T-Pain or weezy? Because let's be honest, nobody buys music that doesn't feat. Pain or da Carter.
      You forgot to mention Pitbull!
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Quote Originally Posted by carbeto View Post
      You forgot to mention Pitbull!
      Oh good. Somebody understood that it was a joke.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      shows the potential for the ipad, you can create albums
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      dont have money for thousands of dollars of professional softwares and equipment, then buy the all new Ipad and with some couple of apps for a couple of buckaroos then you can make a full album!! yes!! I said it a full ALBUM!!!!
      For lower than 1,000 bucks!!!!(apps+64gb+3g+ipad included in price)

      ^^^^^ if this album is successful....this is gonna be all over the news!! hahah!
    1. JocFen's Avatar
      JocFen -
      Personally, I think the gorillaz sound best DJ'd with Marvin Gaye *COUGH*
    1. kingljrules's Avatar
      kingljrules -
      If it was heavy metal or something around that, this would be interesting, but for the type of music they make its not really a feat
    1. jius's Avatar
      jius -
      If only he had came out and said 'I'm making this on my jailbroken ipad' that would be cool and a real slap in the face to apple! With all their locked down crap could you imagine something like pimp my ride sponsored by Apple. Xibit-'I was about to pimp your ride, but got stopped as we could not mod your doors, windows or framework and the hood is padlocked so you'vr not been officially pimped'
    1. HappyMac's Avatar
      HappyMac -
      Ok? That's nice and all but people are already using the iPad for music, look at the comments. Plus, I happen to use my iPod Touch 4g as a synth for recording. Programs: 8bittone+, toro mini, Nlog, and NESynth.
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      Wait the whole thing? Hmm I don't know.... They might be able to do it with all the apps, but I'd think you'd still need some professional software.
      Yea I use propellerhead Reason/Record to chop up the samples and if their iPad isn't jailbroken I don't see loading samples through iTunes every time I want to load different sounds it's just to long of a process.

      Quote Originally Posted by carbeto View Post
      You forgot to mention Pitbull!
      Yea & SnoopDoggyDog
      WestCoast Rap King.

      Quote Originally Posted by AAAARRRRRRGGGGG View Post
      as a career musician, i'd say anyone who limits the ways in which one can create clearly doesn't know anything about music. just sayin....

      yes, this may be intended to publicize the ipad or the new gorillaz album, but you're first sentence is totally unfounded.
      This guy is right soon as the iPad was announced I was so juiced to have a 3rd way to create my music. Now that being said the apps need to be a little more powerful and all music creation apps for the ipad should work in perfect harmony in order for us to take full advantage of creating on the go. I have a couple songs but I still have to jump between iPad to MacBook until this happens it'll be more work on our behalf trying to make pre or post production on the iPad but who dosent love Hard Work.
    1. Jim1's Avatar
      Jim1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christian Bale View Post
      Anyone who believes this doesn't know anything about music. This is clearly just publicity.
      what makes you say this? do you even know what software he is using? I have had friends make banging tracks w/ FL trial before Reason ever came out.

      and this is coming from somebody who can not survive w/o tunes
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      Pile of poo > The Gorillaz. Fact.
    1. willpower101's Avatar
      willpower101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christian Bale View Post
      Anyone who believes this doesn't know anything about music. This is clearly just publicity.
      Lol, where's your last album?

      This guy's just a troll, he doesn't know sh1t about music