<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/iPad.png” />The Gorillaz recently released their latest album, The Fall, accompanied by the announcement that the album was produced almost entirely using an iPad. While The Gorillaz did let a few traditional instruments in on the album, there have been a whole slew of artists, professional and amateur that have been showing just how far you can push the limits of the iPad, and in the process create great music.
We’ve put together a list of the most impressive videos on YouTube that have been created using iPads, and in some cases, iPhones, and other gadgets, to create both original and cover songs. Traditionalists might prefer real instruments, but there is definitely something to be said for innovation and creativity. If you want to try your hand at using your iPad to create music, be sure to check out Bakari’s post on a few free apps that will let you do just that.
Eye of the Tiger
Using three iPad apps, and a couple of Canon SLR cameras, it’s amazing what you can put together. Eye of the Tiger, the iconic theme song from Rocky is one option, and if you close your eyes, it’s hard to believe that no real instruments were used. Watching the music video, you get to see the apps in action.
The iPad Orchestra [No Longer Available] is composed of four musicians and their iPads. They use four instrumental selections from the paid app, Seline HD [iTunes link] – the cello, violin, clarinet and flute. Watch them perform their original composition, Sweet Dreams.
Take Me Out
It’s not just iPad users that can make the most of the music apps available in the iTunes store. New York based band Atomic Tom took their performance to the subway, for a live performance. Performing their original song, Take Me Out, the sound isn’t great but considering that they’re using their phones as instruments, it’s pretty impressive.
Not only did the so-called iPad DJ Rana Sobhany create this entire song on her iPad, the music video was shot using an iPhone 4. It’s pretty much an independent advertisement for Apple.
If you can’t afford to buy several iPads, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make some pretty impressive music. Simply record each instrument individually, and then put them all together. And then you’ll end up with something a little like this.
The music video itself might not be to everyone’s taste, but with the sheer variety of tech gadgets used to create the music in this song, it had to be included. With an iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DS and PSP, who needs real instruments?
Just the Way You Are (Cover)
A cover of Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are is played out entirely using 7 iPad instruments – namely, Drum Meistro, Pocket Piano, My Guitar, iBass, Jam Pad and Piano Pro and ProKeys.
Chinese iPad Band
Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying you won’t be able to help tapping your foot to this Chinese song composed using iPads. The awesome vocals certainly help but the instruments are pretty cool themselves.
Sweet Dream (Cover)
In another impressive song, with the music coming courtesy of a series of iPad and iPhones, the aptly named iBand, covers Beyonce’s Sweet Dream. Along with Eye of the Tiger, it is one of the more impressively made music videos.
North Point’s iBand
Christmas has come and gone, and at North Point Community Church they were bringing in the Christmas spirit using iPads and iPhones for a live performance. Performing a medley of classic Christmas carols, including Carol of the Bells and God Rest You Merry Gentleman, the results are beautiful.
Have you heard, or better yet, recorded any music using your iPad, iPhone or other gadgets? Let us know all about them in the comments.