JORDAN RUDESS OF DREAM THEATER
RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
TACHYON--the latest app by Wizdom Music’s Jordan Rudess, the keyboardist/Continuum-player/multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-nominated prog rock/metal icons Dream Theater, and chief programmer Kevin Chartier--was released for iOS devices today (July 25) via iTunes.
Tachyon allows images and sound to become one as they magically blend under the user’s fingertips. Each note played is an individual expression, allowing independent control of pitch and tone far beyond that of traditional instruments. Most instruments only allow the user to play one sound at a time, but with Tachyon they can seamlessly blend between any two sounds as they slide their fingers up and down the screen. The visual experience of Tachyon is just as mesmerizing; fields of twinkling stars morph into the shape of the selected instrument, allowing a direct correlation between sight and sound.
As described by Jordan Rudess, “Tachyon is simple to use and at the same time it offers a unique musical expressive power. The sonic core of the app is a custom-crafted sound set from my personal library, encompassing sounds as familiar as those you would find in your home toolbox, and as exclusive as the ones I use on tour with Dream Theater.”
Jordan and Kevin are also the creators of the top-selling synth-app MorphWiz which won first place in the category of “Best Music Creation App" in the 2010 Billboard Music App Awards, “Best Musical App” in the Best App Ever Awards and best “iPhone/iPad/iTouch” app in the Electronic Musician's 2011 Editor's Choice Awards. In addition to MorphWiz they have released the popular music apps Sample Wiz and GeoSynth.
Direct link to purchase TACHYON: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tachyon/id544585980
Dream Theater checks in from the road with a special report from the roadies!
Head over to RollingStone.com to vote for your favorite Dream Theater album in their "Best Prog Rock Album of All Time" poll.
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Here are two messages Jordan Rudess posted on Twitter about Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who sadly passed away on July 16th, 2012.
"@Jcrudess: I'm very sad to hear about the passing of Jon Lord. He was an inspiration to me!"
"@Jcrudess: Tonight's Dream Theater in Boston was dedicated to the spirit of Jon Lord. I improvised a piano piece which I directed to his memory."
Mike Mangini recently did a solo tour of Italy, performing drum clinics and answering questions from fans and fellow drummers. Groove Portal interviewed him backstage at one of these events, and you can watch the whole conversation now. He talks about his setup and drum style, the evolution of his kit over his career, and much more. Oh, and you'll get to see him play a five-minute drum solo, too.
Dream Theater checks in from the road during their 2012 Summer US Tour. Featuring footage from Austin, TX and Kansas City, MO.
Check out this cool 25 minute video interview James Labrie did for the Dream Theater Venezuela fanclub on June 24th, 2012.
Check out this 20 minute video interview with James LaBrie for the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner.