PalmSounds Interview with Jordan Rudess



Jordan was at a Music Hack Space event at ROLI tonight, and I was lucky enough to get a chance to meet him and talk to him about his views on mobile music.

If you don't know his apps, click below. Hope you enjoy the interview.

9 comments:

ludwig said...

sorry have to say it ....if hes such a big pal & supporter of Audiobus, how come no support on his apps - rather hypocritical if you ask me. Shame you didnt ask him, or did you?

Anonymous said...

lol, that man is omnipresent

Anonymous said...

Thats exactly what i thought Ludwig

iClifDotMe said...

I love Jordan, but I have to agree a bit with ludwig. It seems like Jordan's apps have been mostly release and forget. I would love to see Audiobus and better Virtual Midi support in the older apps as well as some stability fixes (and Audiobus) for SpaceWiz, which is actually an amazing instrument. Like a lot of iOS musicians, I've made my $42 investment into Wizdom apps, so I don't think it's too much to ask.

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Rob Fielding said...

Because I'm the guy responsible for adding audiobus for Geo, and the other guy for most of the others. I got a full time job (that pays an order of magnitude more than app dev) and family and other stuff that priority starve this task. I could apologize as a formality, but I won't. I do have it working for Geo (google Geo Audiobus), had some (unpaid) help from the Thumbjam dev, so it's in progress and "works" if you don't care about futzing around bugs. But Audiobus brings in more requirements than just supporting Audiobus (like: I never imagined running in the background as a controller, but you have to for AB, etc.).

For the other dev, I won't speak for him, but he's porting stuff off to 4 other platforms right now, with contractual obligations for other platforms (you don't get paid upfront on iOS, it's more just get it in the store in as few months as possible and wait a few months for checks to come in). He was full-time on app dev at some point, though I have no idea about that right now.

It's never hypocrisy if something doesn't get done (or just not done fast). It's just that we don't get to wait around for somebody else to do it for us. I have two other apps of my own as well (Mugician/Cantor) that I just went ahead and made open source because I don't have time to add Audiobus, or any other updates. A few people have said that they will add in Audiobus to them and post them in the store. It will be cool if they do, but it's not as likely as it sounds. :-)

iClifDotMe said...

Thanks for taking the time to respond, Rob. I actually ran across your post on the Audiobus forums (on the Tachyon thread) after commenting here and doing a related post on my blog ( http://musicin2d.com/post/42633186829/endangered-apps-list ). As a professional programmer with a very full life of my own, I totally get it and admire devs like yourself who manage to fit time in to do these apps.

I think the key issue is communication - it would be good to see Mr. Rudess (as the face of Wizdom Music) communicate that these apps are still being maintained and that there will be Audiobus support, etc., at some point. You shouldn't really have to be defending your work as a dev in the absence of a more "official statement". The way the net works, it would only take half a tweet from Mr. Rudess to turn frustration into eager anticipation for the users.

And on a personal note, thanks for making killer apps. You definitely have my gratitude for what you've contributed to the ios music community.

RabbiSteve said...

Well, now it has been done. Jordan has wanted to do it for some time, but as Rob said, not as easy as it looks. And unfortunately it won't happen for SpaceWiz. Because of the Unity Engine which runs that it, will not work on Audiobus. Sketch Synth has the same problem, albeit not one for Jordan or Wizdom Music.

But at least SpaceWiz ***was*** updated. This is not abandon-ware.

BTW, I love MorphWiz in an Audiobus chain with EchoPad in fx slot, and Loopy in output.

polarpaul said...

@Rob Fielding Geo Synth and Cantor are great apps and represent a very innovative approach to midi control in the iOS environment. Your work is greatly appreciated.