dots e​.​p​.​1​+​2 [mobile music]

by Jason Sloan

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A little over a decade ago, artists and musicians began experimenting seriously with using laptops as instruments during live performances. I remember my friend Matt Borghi and I having long discussions about how the laptop could change how people approached live music. It’s funny looking back now thinking about those conversations because at the time, it was actually pretty uncommon to see a laptop computer at a live gig. Fast forward to the present and hardly anyone would bat an eye at the sight of a computer or a variety of mobile devices on stage with musicians. Software equivalents of analog gear that would have taken an army to move now easily fit onto a portable hard drive and go just about anywhere. The studio has gotten smaller and compact and in some ways, way more powerful. What excites me most about emerging technologies are how they allow artists to be creative just about anywhere and at anytime.

Late 2008 and into 2009 I’d been using a variety of sound apps on the iPhone during some of my live performances. Around that time, i decided to attempt creating a series of works that used only an iPhone as the sole sound source.

What resulted was the “” series of e.p.'s. This is a compilation of both releases. All of this music was created, mixed and mastered on the iPhone circa 2008-2009.


released December 6, 2009

©2009 jason sloan/slo.bor media



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Jason Sloan Baltimore, Maryland

Jason Sloan is an electronic musician sound artist, composer and professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

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