Gorillaz release Christmas gift for fans, techies: iPad-made album, app secrets
December 25th, 2010
10:52 AM ET

Gorillaz release Christmas gift for fans, techies: iPad-made album, app secrets

If you're a fan of the Gorillaz, don't forget to check online for an additional present this Christmas Day.

The band has always been known for seeking out ways to set themselves apart which leads us to the digital Christmas gift of the album "The Fall," now available to listen to online on the band's site.

And by the way, it was composed using mostly an iPad, with just a few other instruments.

You'll need to have a membership to their fan club to download the album, but anyone can listen for free. The album will also have an official release, and hard copy, next year.

The album has a much slower and more basic vibe than the Gorillaz' normal high-production, technically superior collections. But considering the band had just 32 days to make the music, with the added task of composing partially on an iPad, you can't help being at least a little impressed.

The use of the iPad was partially what led the band to record an album quickly in time for the holidays.

"I hope I'll be making the first record on an iPad," frontman Damon Albarn told the UK's NME music website back when he first began recording. "I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I've made a completely different kind of record."

And even if you aren't a fan of the Gorillaz, you might enjoy a note they've put up, listing which iPad apps they used to make the album:

"Speak It! / SoundyThingie / Mugician / Solo Synth / Synth / Funk Box / Gliss / AmpliTube / Xenon / iElectribe / BS-16i / M3000 HD / Cleartune / iOrgel HD / Olsynth / StudioMiniXI / BassLine / Harmonizer / Dub Siren Pro / Moog Filatron"

So, music fans, take a fresh listen, or break out the new iPad you just unwrapped and start making your own album - you know, either because you're a digital music-making fan, or because you want to drown out that loud family member in the other room this holiday.

Who knows, maybe you too will have your own iPad band like these guys soon.

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  1. Chris

    Compose an album on a VIC20 and then I will be impressed

    December 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phil Z

    this is very cool and inspiring. Folks with a band and big dreams used to be reliant on a record label and expensive recording studio time. It can be done with computer programs now. You don't have to go deep in debt. This is just more evolution of that. Yes, talented indie rock bands have been doing this for a few years now, but alot of kids around the country are still discovering it. Stories like this can turn kids onto these ideas. Good, informative piece.

    December 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andy

    Who are these people and why do I care?

    December 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • please

      You should probably take reading comprehension courses.

      December 25, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar


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  8. NuOrlns

    Who gives a rat's ass

    December 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    Who gives a mouse's ass?

    December 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    Who gives a jelly fishe's ass?

    December 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    I do

    December 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fill

    You don't have to sign up to listen, just click 'already signed up' or whatever that button is and it will take you to the player. You may still need to sign up if you want the downloadable tracks vs. just listening in a browser window, tho. Merry Xmas!

    December 25, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    @Fill: Jesus loves you Fill. You are indeed a special human being Fill. Angels in heaven protect you from evil. That is all that I can say.

    December 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Enrique

    Finally a tech style icon for us gay men, I love the iPad!

    December 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gio

    Yeah I agree. There's nothing wrong with apple being a style icon for gay men. I'm gay and I love how apple's shinyness and sparklyness complements my lifestyle.

    December 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
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