Metal Machine Music: iPhone Apps Turn Everyday People Into Shake, Rattle, & Rolling Composers

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Fancy yourself the next Henry Mancini — or Joey Ramone?  Yep, there's an app for that.

ZOOZbeat is one of a flock of apps that allows regular folk with otherwise no music skills to create music on their iPhone.  But this isn't just a linear sample/loop assembler like GarageBand or Acid Pro: the app lets you select a number of instruments, then "play" them by waving your iPhone around.  The results, while not likely to cause the Max Martins of the world to lose any sleep, have found a niche amongst lo-fi music enthusiasts like John Sheridan (shown above), who creates ZOOZbeat tunes late at night, earphones plugged in so as to not wake his wife.  While ZOOZbeat creations can't be sold, owners are encouraged to post and share them; the newest version of the app lets users "toss" their songs from one phone to another to facilitate collaboration.

ZOOZbeat founder Gil Weinberg hopes these easy/fun music apps will actually help save the foundering music industry: "You don't have to have a lot of money, and you also don't have to have a lot of experience in music [to be an iPhone musician].  We will help you experience whatever level of creativity you would like."

[Via CNN, which includes some of Sheridan's tunes]

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