after ipods and iphones here comes iband!
iBand makes music with two fingers... and iPhone
Six fingers and three iPhones are enough to create a band, and Austria's iBand is living proof,
a set of drums.
The Viennese trio first gained attention in February on the video-
three touchscreens, has since been viewed over 2.8 million times.
"It was a test, we were rather surprised by all these viewings, but of course it's flattering," Seb,
The iPhone is very easy to play, says the band, which has composed three pop songs.
"Of course the screen isn't very big and it doesn't have all the advantages of a real instrument,"
says Marina's brother Roger, the band's "guitarist".
"But I can change the settings any way I please. For instance, I can play two different notes on
the same guitar chord at the same time. And as long as there are new programmes, there will be
The musical phone's only limitation is its lack of nuances: whether the player's touch is soft or
hard the sound coming out of the instrument remains the same, making it ill-
"But then again, why not," added Seb.
who founded a punk group 10 years ago.
"Like with other instruments, you have to practice until you get the sound you want," said Roger.
"We're digital but in terms of melody, rhythm, we adapt to one another, these are not samples
we play by clicking on a link," added Marina.
Playing with only two fingers can also be physically demanding but according to Seb
"the fingers are like drumsticks, to play well, you have to really relax your hands."
Despite this unexpected publicity for its leading product, Apple hasn't contacted the band.
in touch with a music software maker for iPhones.
The trio, which does not yet have a record label, wants to finish writing at least a dozen songs
before planning any concerts, but performances are definitely on its agenda.
Despite benefitting from the Internet buzz, the band advises web surfers to live life outside the
"Many youngsters spend most of their time on the Internet, playing online games for example.
"We mustn't forget that life is out there," added Marina.
iBand has been invited to perform by the University of Melbourne, but for now, the trio will
interact with its audience via a screen.
news by AFP