As we spring into summer, it’s once again time to highlight the creativity that people all around the world are “tapping” into with the INSTRUMENT 1. The month of May brought all sorts of inspiring videos and photos from the Artiphon community: from professional studios to the driver’s seat, from street buskers to cartoon super-villains. Check out this month’s roundup below, and when you’re ready to share your own, be sure to use the @Artiphon handle and #INSTRUMENT1 hashtag!
Artiphon Sessions: Stanton Edward
Nashville’s own multitalented guitarist and producer Stanton Edward recently took time away from his day-to-day with The Wallflowers to create some lush, hypnotic loops in the studio using the INSTRUMENT 1 and his newly-launched audio plugin SEA Looper for Ableton Live.
Knights of Synthonia
Instagram user Andrew Wong recently shared this robo-tastic rendition of Muse’s “Starlight” that immediately caught the eyes and ears of all of us here in the Artiphon offices. Awesome integration with KORG Gadget (iOS/Mac) and nice on-the-fly audio mixing chops, too! Be sure to keep up with Andrew on social media at @at_onement.
Forgoing world domination for synthwave awesomeness, Cobra Commander himself took some much-needed R&R in May to drop another INSTRUMENT 1 soundbomb. Check out his video below that features some arcade-inspired 80’s synth goodness in Ableton Live. That solo at 2:24 is a face-melter.
An INSTRUMENT 1 Album
Another familiar face around the forum who goes by Brock has been steadily adding to an impressive number of tracks created with the INSTRUMENT 1. Earlier in May, Brock and his band The Electromagnetics released this compilation titled “INTRAVERSE.” Just listen to those dreamy guitar lines and spacey synths on the opening track and try not to daydream about a beach vacation on Mars.
One Man Band
Friends of Artiphon in over 70 countries (and counting!) continue to make some fantastic videos. Here’s talented musician and street performer Matteo Murru improvising over some smooth jazz bars with the Tap Guitar tuning on his INSTRUMENT 1 in Milan, Italy. Follow him on Instagram at @paninoaltonno to see more busking adventures.
And as always, the Artiphon Community Performances playlist on YouTube is home to awesome musical content created by passionate players all over the world. We can’t wait to see what you all will create next month, so keep uploading and reaching out on social media. Be sure to tag @Artiphon and the #INSTRUMENT1 in your posts (you may even see yourself in a future Community Roundup!) and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more.
Also check out friend of Artiphon, Anthony da Costa, starring in the recent Artiphon Short “Tap Blues” here.
I hope your springtime is off to a wonderful start. So much has happened here at Artiphon recently, and our creative community keeps growing and innovating in such amazing ways.
I’m excited to share our most recent Artiphon video update with you. It highlights what we’ve been able to achieve so far with the support of our backers, partners, and users, and the road ahead is equally inspiring. We’re opening doors into music education, virtual reality, and revolutionary products that will make music more intuitive, enjoyable, and accessible than ever before.
Happy spring from Artiphon headquarters! We are once again blown away by the talent and creativity the Artiphon community is bringing to life. Here is our recurring roundup of the new and noteworthy videos we just couldn’t get enough of.
Band on the Run: Wild Adriatic in the Office
New York-based rock-and-soul trio Wild Adriatic came by Artiphon headquarters in Nashville to demo the INSTRUMENT 1 and started hammering out a song right off the bat.
The Italian duo Laica is fond of creative covers in their own special style. Here we have their interpretation of “Re-arrange” by Biffy Clyro, but also check out their other experiments, including a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”
Joe Kye created a multi-camera/instrument version of Michael Jackson’s Human Nature along with one of his favorite guitar collaborators.
TechMundo Video Review
TechMundo, a Brazilian YouTube channel that specializes in product reviews, gave their followers a closeup look of the INSTRUMENT 1. Spoiler alert: hop ahead to 4:30 to see the underwater theme from Super Mario World played entirely on the INSTRUMENT 1.
And lastly, our own Will Podolak from the Artiphon engineering team continues to take his INSTRUMENT 1 to new heights. Here is his cover of Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly.” You can see more of his creative musings on his YouTube channel.
And there’s so much more. In fact, we made a Community Performances YouTube playlist featuring all of the user videos we spotted in the wild so far. Hop in and see what players from around the world are doing with their INSTRUMENT 1’s.
We were honored to be invited by Sony to collaborate on the launch of their newest noise-canceling headphones, the MDR 1000X. The video features Artiphon co-founder Jacob Gordon and explores themes around how technology enables music-making and music listening.
We’re particularly intrigued by how these headphones foreshadow the future of augmented listening. The noise canceling technology of the MDR 1000x turns down the world around you, but there are also settings that can selectively let ambient sound in, even filtering for the frequencies of the human voice. To us, this is part of a future that offers more choice in how we hear the world, and how the world hears us.
Brit Laurén Manor is a recording artist and actor based in Los Angeles. Brit’s newest record, Only Child, is a culmination of a lifetime of music, theater, and cultural cross-pollination. In addition to her own records, you can hear her voice on the soundtrack of Orange is the New Black, backing up Nick Waterhouse onstage, and lots more. Dive into more at www.britmanor.com.
Whether you have an INSTRUMENT 1, or you just want to see what people are up to, drop by our Community Forum and have a look around. You can see how people are using the INSTRUMENT 1 in a whole host of ways, check out videos and audio tracks, and learn about new features and updates we’re pushing to the hardware and software. We also invite you to share your feedback, insights, and suggestions – all of which helps us improve our products and evolve as a company.
This has been such an exciting and eventful time here at Artiphon. There are now thousands of INSTRUMENT 1’s out in the world, and things are really starting to heat up. If you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of the great photos, videos, and blog posts people are sharing.
Kickstarter backer Parth Raval is building up entire songs using his INSTRUMENT 1 and Apple’s Logic…
We saw our first performance where the INSTRUMENT 1 was the part of a string quartet…
Dave shared his rendition of Little Martha (in honor of Duane Allman’s birthday)…
It’s also nice and flattering to see the critics taking notice of the INSTRUMENT 1. Jordan from Geek.com said “it makes him want to get back into music.” PC Mag listed it among its Beautiful But Practical Tech Gifts, and TechCrunch celebrated it as a “jack of all trades.”
We’re so inspired by what’s bubbling up from the user community, and we’d love to see what you’ve been up to with your music-making.