Shapeless: The Drum Machine can be looked at two ways – one the one hand, it’s a drum machine with 10 different sample kits. On the other hand, it’s a new form of interactive album that is just starting to enter the collective consciousness. In the past, you’d go to the store and buy a CD and it always sounds the same. With the proliferation of general computing devices (such as smartphones), the possibility of having an album that is different every time you play it is now a reality. Essentially, it’s ‘the album as an app’. S:TDM makes it easy to randomly tap out some drum patterns and get something that sounds good and is interesting every time. Each kit in the app represents a different track on the album – since they are each set up similarly, you can flip thru different kits with the same pattern and get interesting variations on the same pattern. Over all the app is easy to pick up and play with and it’s free, so check it out!
Aside from experimental artists, other companies are pursuing this same concept, such as MXP4. Someday, I think this will break into the mainstream.
Developer: Einar Andersson
Posted on: 26/05/2010