Community Roundup - June '17

With summer in full swing, it's time to check in on all of the awesome happenings that have been going on in the Artiphon community this month. We saw a number of fantastic photos and videos come across our timeline in June, including a "boss" Springsteen cover, backstage jam sessions, and DOZENS of ways to play guitar. Keep scrolling for this month's roundup, and as always, be sure to use the @Artiphon handle and #INSTRUMENT1 hashtag on social.

A Take On A Springsteen Classic by Jesse Daniel Smith



One of our favorite Canadians, Jesse Daniel Smith, recently sat down for this minimalist rendition of "Thunder Road" by The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. Elena Rae also provides stirring accompanying vocals over Smith's warm acoustic strumming + subtle vibraphone ornamentation via the INSTRUMENT 1 to create a folk arrangement that would bring a tear to any road-hog's eye. Be sure to listen to Jesse's original works over on YouTube, as well.

Here's a little background on the recording from Jesse himself:

"As a guitar player I tend to produce with the guitar in mind. Translating the way I understand chord movement to a traditional MIDI controller has often left me unimpressed as my hands don't have the muscle memory to execute an organic take. The Instrument 1 has changed that forever - within hours of picking it up for the first time I was able to work out the arpeggiated synth and vibraphone lead line in my recent Springtsteen 'Thunder Road' interpretation. I went from believer to die-hard in 1 production and I'm so excited to continue working with such a dynamic instrument." - Jesse Daniel Smith

22nd-Century Lady Antebellum Cover by Andrew Wong

Artiphon all-star Andrew Wong is back at it again. This time, the multi-instrument savant whipped up a futuristic Lady Antebellum cover suitable for the pickup or the space ship using Korg Gadget on the iPad (watch our recent Artiphon + Korg Gadget video here). And check out Andrew's awesome Muse cover in last month's Community Roundup!

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Moves Like Jagger: "Gimme Shelter" by Will Podolak

Our very own Will Podolak, resident INSTRUMENT 1 wizard and active forum member, recently cooked up this robot-rock cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" using Logic Pro X, the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor for Mac, and sounds made with Serum. (Mick Jagger himself would jump like Jack Flash starting at 2:26!) To see more of Will's work, jet on over to his YouTube channel.

Sittin' In the Back of the Stage with Wild Adriatic

The wild guys of Wild Adriatic took a few moments before their Bridgeport show a couple of weeks back to strum out this wistful take on Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." See how it compares against the original.

A Dozen Ways ft. Anthony da Costa

June brought sunshine, a dozen ways to play guitar with the INSTRUMENT 1, and a brand-spankin' new video featuring singer-songwriter Anthony da Costa. Long-time visitors to Artiphon may recognize Anthony from the Tap Blues Artiphon Short from a while back, and here he is showin' out on twelve different tunings, methods, and sounds. Let us know your favorites on our Facebook/Twitter/and Instagram pages.

Mobile Music-Making with the INSTRUMENT 1

All month long, wayward woodwind performer and instructor Wayne Leechford has been uploading some awesome photos of his mobile music-production setup with the INSTRUMENT 1 on his journeys in over 5 countries. Thanks for the love and for putting a little wanderlust in our hearts. Keep up with Wayne's travels over on Instagram.


As always, keep an eye on the Artiphon Community Performances playlist on YouTube, and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more. We can't wait to see what inspiring content you all create next month, so be sure to tag @Artiphon and the #INSTRUMENT1 on social media. As a bonus, the coupon code STARSANDSYNTHS will save you $50 at checkout throughout the summer holiday at See ya in July!