Audiobus: Use your music apps together.
What is Audiobus? — Audiobus is an award-winning music app for iPhone and iPad which lets you use your other music apps together. Chain effects on your favourite synth, run the output of apps or Audio Units into an app like GarageBand or Loopy, or select a different audio interface output for each app. Route MIDI between apps — drive a synth from a MIDI sequencer, or add an arpeggiator to your MIDI keyboard — or sync with your external MIDI gear. And control your entire setup from a MIDI controller.Download on the App Store
Audiobus is the app that makes the rest of your setup better.
Wires first go: Strega
“An evil as old as the universe haunts the world. Find the truth. Protect yourself.” - Karen Monahan Fernandes.
So, I put a typically cheery phrase - “It is the end of all things” - what I happened to be thinking, this fine Sunday morning, welcome to my head - into Textquencer, and used it to drive aPolyvoks, still one of my favourite synth apps. As soon as I hooked up Wires, randomised, natch, to it, I got instant 1970s Italian ‘giallo’ horror movie vibes - think Dario Argento, Suspiria, Goblin etc. Something about the lovely, dusty, haunted quality Wires and the vintage-aping aPolyvoks gave it, I guess.
Things just went from there, using my usual battery of randomisation techniques, a fistful of my less used apps - Rozeta Arpeggio, 8 voice Synth, Respiro, Monolit, Pipa - and live mixing from AUM straight into AudioShare. Unusually for me it has a drumbeat (Hammerhead, Fractal Beats, Drum Computer, SynthDrum kick and KQ Dixie castanets (!), a Talker vocal triggered live from Koala pads as a second pass in AUM over the now prerecorded backing, and a bit more structure than my usual Dark Ambient stuff. Oh, and it’s called Strega - - Italian for witch in this instance, rather than the identically named luvverly Make Noise device which draws inspiration from the same source name wise, and which one day Shall Surely Be Mine…
So I’m calling this one Witch House, genre-wise.
AI artwork, Dream by Wombo, text prompt ‘Strega, photorealistic, 1970s Italian Giallo film poster’.
Giallo, of course, literally means ‘yellow’ for reasons - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo - so it seems the AI was going for a double whammy of metatextuality, capturing something of the artistic style of the mid 70s horror movie poster, and in an appropriate shade…
As usual, all attention, be it brick bats or bouquets, thirsted after in a frankly shaming display of neediness…