“Apple Computer’s new music-recording software, GarageBand, is a smash hit, if you listen to its chorus of fans. Launched just over two weeks ago, the software has already spawned a sizable ecosystem of plug-ins, add-ons and websites for sharing tunes. And it has inspired a frenzy of musical creativity,” Leander Kahney reports for Wired. “Dubbed a ‘studio in a box,’ GarageBand is the digital equivalent of a four-track tape recorder, plus all the instruments and musicians a budding Moby might need.”
“As well as live recording, the application includes hundreds of riffs, beats, bleeps and breaks — snippets of music known as loops — that can be mixed and matched in endless combination. The result is hundreds, if not thousands, of amateur tunes available all over the Net. The application is delighting professionals and amateurs, who are cobbling together selections ranging from Punjabi house to Beatles covers,” Kahney reports.
“‘The amount of creative energy that GarageBand is creating is staggering,’ said musician and producer Chris Bell. ‘Apple has created a monster…. As a pro musician/producer, I love this app. It puts the fun back into creating. I’m amazed.’ Musician and writer Kim Cascone said GarageBand is perfectly good for learning how music is put together, but doubted anything very good could be created with it. ‘GarageBand is snoozeware for the iPod generation who think that music comes in a small white-and-chrome can and only need be served lukewarm for public consumption,’ he said,” Kahney reports.
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