CES 2021: ‘Orba’ is a Palm-Sized Instrument for $99

Orba is a digital instrument from Artiphone that fits in your hand. It combines a synth, looper, speaker, headphone jack, MIDI controller, and Bluetooth/USB connectivity to pair with its companion app. After raising over US$1.5 million on Kickstarter it’s available to purchase around the world for US$99. As a connected device, Orba is always getting better and smarter with new features and capabilities. Since it first shipped, Artiphon has introduced new sound packs, additional features and improvements, and added Android USB connectivity.

Musician and Programmer John Nastos - TMO BGM Interview

John Nastos is a multi-instrumentalist, music composer and improvisor, saxophonist, an iOS app developer, book author and is currently on faculty at Portland State University as a Jazz Saxophone Instructor.

John is one of those special people who is an accomplished jazz musician, iOS developer and author. He tells a fascinating story about how he got started as a jazz musician and the people who mentored him. Along the way, he also fondly adopted the Mac, and that stood him well when it came time to develop some very popular, technical music apps that had never existed before. As an instructor, John teaches his students the principles behind music improvisation. His first book, The Mechanism lays out those core concepts. John is a gifted speaker and educator, so don’t miss this show.