The guys over at TechCrunch today brought the attention to an announcement that ZOOZBeat is availible for the Nokia N95. I’ve seen some other music software float around the net for mobile phones. It’s always nice to see some people who share the same love for music and technology bring out new ways to create music on these tiny devices. Ever since college, there always seemed to be at least one obscure company that would produce a sequencer or synthesizer for a device that wasn’t originally intended to be musical.
I specifically remember an instance back in college where a programmer buddy of mine one day was touting a drum sequencer program for a Texas Instrument graphing calculator, from what I remember. For some reason, with the people I hang out with, the integration of music and technology has always been there. Checking out the videos from the link about, it seems like the ZOOZ folks share that same fascination. Good luck to those guys.
Where will the boundaries stop? There is a quiet buzz about the age of convergence, but it seems like devices are still split apart. Granted the iPhone is pushing that boundry, but smart phones with Windows Mobile have been around for awhile. You see netbooks this year as a new iteration of devices, so I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that some company, big or small, build a custom hardware/software rig geared toward music creation on netbooks. Really they are tiny XP/Linux machines anyway.
Maybe that would be a direction some other company can take to produce affordable, pro-sumer type equipment. I’m looking at you Creative. Much of the music nowadays is remixable, bedroom type production. Perhaps a netbook with an iPhone interacting with it on top of a wireless remotted Nintendo DSi all controlling the massive rigs you see at Nine Inch Nails concerts is the wave of the future. I certainly hope so.