Is an ipad a musical instrument? What is a musician?
A traditional musical instrument makes sounds. Someone who plays it to a reasonable level is a musician. So, is an ipad loaded with music apps a musical instrument? Similarly, is someone who uses say, guitarism; drumbeat +, bass loops and has the ability to swipe their finger up and down Thumbjam or press a synth keypad with the chords tab on to produce an arrangement - a musician?
The point is that I went to a gig last night where the 'musician' produced and played solely using apps on his ipad. It was very good. However, in discussion afterwards he told me that he could not play any traditional music instrument to any workable degree eg couldn't play a chord on a guitar or keyboard. His dilemma was what to call himself really.
Traditionally, a traditional music composer, arranger or producer can play an instrument or has a band or orchestral background. On this forum there are people such as Derek Buddemeyer and Doug who I would call excellent musicians (as are many others ) and they play at least one or two tracks themselves on traditional instruments to mix with manufactured sounds produced from apps. There are some who produce a lovely finished sound solely by arranging loops of manufactured sounds or presets from various apps - just like a bricklayer laying bricks. So, who is the musician or are both?
I am not denigrating or criticising an apps arranger/composer or whatever but is it important to differentiate between someone who can play to a reasonable standard from an apps technician/sound engineer? After all, they both produce lovely music. Are they both musicians? Is an IOS musician an apt description? Does it matter?
Personally, I am old school and would feel a bit deflated if Derek said that actually his songs were totally produced from Sessionband and all he did was plug in the chord progressions. Or Doug on the keyboard or piano. Having said that I do marvel at the expertise of those who produce fantastic arrangements using solely apps and one finger.