Atomic Tom plays ‘Take Me Out’ live on Apple iPhones on NYC subway (with video)

The band Atomic Tom played ‘Take Me Out‘ live on their Apple iPhones on the NYC subway yesterday:

Here’s the band playing the same song using more traditional instruments (before they were stolen) on Fearless TV last March 26th:

Atomic Tom’s “Take Me Out” is available via Apple’s iTunes Store here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

80 Comments

  1. My father used to say: “Give a good musician a pair of trousers suspenders, and he’ll make music”.

    However, this is really a great PR feat for the band. The point there is, iPhones/iPods/iPads are really incredibly useful as real musical instruments. Some ingenuity is required, but there is already a decent number of solid apps for that.

    I’m curious, though, whether this was a regular music video shoot (permits, crew, extras, etc), or did they do this guerilla-style. If the latter, since the song lasts over 4 minutes, there are very few places in the subway system where the trains will travel for over 4 minutes without stopping. It looks like they were riding on the ‘B’ line, across the Manhattan bridge (from Manhattan into Brooklyn). That would be one of the few places where the ride between two stops is longer than two-three minutes.

    Nicely done, though!

  2. My father used to say: “Give a good musician a pair of trousers suspenders, and he’ll make music”.

    However, this is really a great PR feat for the band. The point there is, iPhones/iPods/iPads are really incredibly useful as real musical instruments. Some ingenuity is required, but there is already a decent number of solid apps for that.

    I’m curious, though, whether this was a regular music video shoot (permits, crew, extras, etc), or did they do this guerilla-style. If the latter, since the song lasts over 4 minutes, there are very few places in the subway system where the trains will travel for over 4 minutes without stopping. It looks like they were riding on the ‘B’ line, across the Manhattan bridge (from Manhattan into Brooklyn). That would be one of the few places where the ride between two stops is longer than two-three minutes.

    Nicely done, though!

  3. The more I look at it, the more it looks like a properly prepared, organised and produced video, which doesn’t take one iota away from the coolness value.

    Nothing is really fake; they really play virtual instrument apps on their iPhones; the singer really does sing. Their iPhones are all connected with a wire to a (presumably) amp with a simple 4-channel mixer. Vocalist is apparently using the iPhone just as a microphone (perhaps with some basic vocal processing).

    On several occasions, I had used GarageBand’s virtual on-screen keyboard to play an instrument live. It can be done, although requires some practice and concentration. I would assume this isn’t much different.

  4. The more I look at it, the more it looks like a properly prepared, organised and produced video, which doesn’t take one iota away from the coolness value.

    Nothing is really fake; they really play virtual instrument apps on their iPhones; the singer really does sing. Their iPhones are all connected with a wire to a (presumably) amp with a simple 4-channel mixer. Vocalist is apparently using the iPhone just as a microphone (perhaps with some basic vocal processing).

    On several occasions, I had used GarageBand’s virtual on-screen keyboard to play an instrument live. It can be done, although requires some practice and concentration. I would assume this isn’t much different.

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