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. Cesar

    @Enrique and Gio. You were born gay, right? I mean a guy doesn't wake up one day and say,"Hey, I'm gay." Am I correct? Please answer me since you gay guys would know.

    December 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    So Robert, when are you coming out of the closet?

    December 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack Howitzer


    December 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. String

    Some of these comments are really rediculous. I listened to the album twice today and despite it being done in the span of a month, it's amazing! 😀 iPad =/= laptop.

    December 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Typical Internet Poster

    Hi, I'm a typical internet poster who is an ignorant piece of garbage. I also like pie. Not really.

    December 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. c.i.a.

    boring band please stay in england,if you want real euro music listen to rammstein the new god of music, thank you germany.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carlo

    You guys are all morons arguing over what a PC is and isn't. Honestly, why do you care? If you were to create something, art, music, poetry, whatever, what does it matter what gadget, computer, etc. you use? If anything, it's refreshing to use anything within reach to create something. You idiots need to stop complaining, get off your behind, and do something with your life. Just shut up and get to work.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. please

    Internet comments are useless.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bucko

    This is yet another sad attempt from Apple to prove the mobile generation is somehow better. Anyone that does not understand why the iPad lacks computing power to produce good music deserves whatever they get. Anyone that does not realize that "Gorrilaz" got their first and ONLY shot at fame by producing their first gimmick album in my studio (which was entirely Windows based, not Apple at all) has forgotten where they came from.

    December 26, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • wow really

      bucko, maybe it was because when they released thier first gimmick album apple didnt have the ipad out... just a thought. Windows was an excellent way to create music via a computer.... buuuuut... apple has made this easier. You have everything you need literally at your finger tips, midi, piano, mix programs etc. It also takes up less space.

      December 26, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    At your studio, bucko? Hard to believe, since you can't spell their name correctly.

    December 26, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. PCReligion

    OMG, you'd think we were discussing politics or religion!! Can't we all just get along?

    December 26, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    But the Gorillaz app/album is innovative!

    Thanks to all who responded and stayed on topic!


    December 26, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Pags

      It's innovative because they used more technology and less actual instruments to record? Sorry, but that is innovation that our brain-dead society does not need. Kids should play instruments to make music and become musicians ,not computers to make audio entertainment and become recording artists.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Spendlove

    Pathetic apple advertisement shame on CNN.

    December 26, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pags

    This music is stupid, iPads are stupid (anyone else remember how the iPad was panned for being a larger iPod Touch when it was announced with lacking hardware and capabilities, and now all the Apple Fanfools have to have one? what a joke), people who buy iPads are stupid, this fascination with glorifying anything that is done with an Apple device is stupid.

    I could go on and on.

    One day, America will dismiss its brainless teeny-bopper mentality and show some functioning gray matter. In the meantime, we have Gorillaz, Justin Bieber and iPad users. Bunch of tools.

    December 26, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dudemar

    Gorillaz were decent about ten years ago. They washed up shortly thereafter. Period.

    December 26, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
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