Music Apps on the iPad
presented by Berklee faculty Michael Bierylo
Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
150 Mass Ave, Media Lab
No sign-up required
Michael Bierylo will present an in-depth look into the cutting-edge music technology available on the iPad platform, exploring stand-alone music apps and using the iPad as a wireless controller for Mac apps.
• Capabilities of the touchscreen interface.
• Networked control of laptop apps: TouchAble, Touch OSC, etc.
• Musical idea generators/sequencers as in the Tenori-on.
• Standalone performance synths like Synth X.
Originally from Detroit, Bierylo's early musical education came from a wealth of encounters ranging from contemporary composition with William Bolcom at the University of Michigan to a misspent Summer playing Union halls with Motown sidemen. Further enlightenment followed under the tutelage of guitar pedagogue Jon Damien and composer Michael Gibbs at Berklee College Of Music. Upon graduation Bierylo spent most of the Reagan years in the wild and woolly Boston rock scene. During this time, an ongoing interest in technology and introspection yielded two nationally distributed solo recordings, Lifeline and Cloud Chorus.
The 1990s brought new directions with tenure in Ibrahima's World Beat, documented on the release Sama Yie as well as a foray into eclectic improvised music with Packing For Egypt. In 1991, Bierylo replaced founding member Martin Swope in Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. Bierylo is currently a professor of electronic production and design at Berklee. His project studio, Virtual Planet, has been the source of music and sound design for numerous film, video, and multimedia projects over the last several years, serving clients such as Hasbro Interactive, Nintendo, and Nickelodeon. A recent project with Olive Jar Animation Studios yielded music and sound design for Universal Studios Island Of Adventure. The studio continues as a laboratory for ongoing research. Bierylo lives at home (not his studio) with wife, child, and three cats in lovely Brighton, Massachusetts.