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(photo credit: Adam Shuldman)
Ilan and Sipo, a couple of self-described techno geeks, as well as seasoned
musicians, have created an Internet first – they’ve recorded a song using sounds
available exclusively from iPhone and iPad apps. Their cover version of the song
“Blanket” by Urban Species utilizes 24 instruments and sounds from 17 iPhone and
iPad apps, including such intriguing names like iShred, Thereminator and Thumb-
“The goal was to make a song of studio quality using the apps, the
kind that could be played on the radio or in a club” said Ilan Dorot, the Ilan
of the duo along with Sipo (Sivan) Porat. And according to a 30- second sample
video that they released on YouTube last week attests, the snappy futuristic
dance production certainly achieves its aims “I got my first iPhone about a year
ago and started playing with the apps and really loved it,” said the 35-
year-old Dorot, who until six months ago had worked for over a decade in the
“I quit my job and started a new life – if it’s not a
dirty word – as an entrepreneur. I’m working on three projects of my own –
including a music application for Facebook – and the iPhone project just came
about for fun. I really loved the challenge of using the apps to actually
produce a song0.”
Ilan & Sipo weren’t the first to come up with the
idea of recording a song using iPhone apps, but they’ve taken it the
“There are plenty people on YouTube playing the iPhone but most
of what’s out there couldn’t be played in a dance club or on the radio, or even
in your car,” said Dorot, who credited his partner Sipo with masterminding the
“He’s a real musician. I’ve been playing the guitar since I
was 10, but I have no formal education. But Sipo’s really schooled in music,
plays the keyboards and works as a DJ.”
THE DUO spent their spare time
downloading the apps, examining different sounds and recorded them to see what
sounded best together.
The whole process took three months on and off.
But then came the video – or rather, the trailer for the video
, a 30-second clip
which when released last week began spreading virally.
“The response has
been really amazing, and the video isn’t even out yet,” said Dorot. “We had
7,000 views in the first four days and the blog TechCrunch wrote about it, which
for a hi-tech guy like me, is a big deal.”
Dorot expected the video, directed by Noam Vardi, starring Idan Alterman, filmed by Adam Shuldman and featuring singer Reut Tayar, to be completed and released this week, and called it as innovative as the music it illustrates.
had the challenge of visualizing each instrument and giving the viewer an idea
of which app is playing right now and how it impacts on the song,” said
“Noam decided to do it as if it were a live broadcast – five
cameras and the editor sits and decides in real time when to switch cameras. So
when the keyboard comes in for instance, he’ll switch to the camera on the
keyboard. Working with Noam was amazing.”
While the feedback so far may
have been encouraging, the duo has no plans to continue mining the same vein for
“I think it’s a novelty and will remain a one-time
thing. We’re not going to start and iPhone band and go on tour,” said Dorot with
In their attempt to perfect a new music platform, Dorot and
Porat were most intent on innovation and proving a point.
“I think the
essence here, the basic idea is one of no boundaries,” said Dorot.
can do anything you want with any instrument you find next to you. You could say
it’s the punk ethic. Be creative, do whatever feels right for you with whatever
means you have.”