The Gorillaz have completed an album that was recorded entirely on an iPad, and the group released it for free to members of its paid fanclub, Gorillaz Sub Division. The album was called The Fall, and was begun during this past Fall by main Gorillaz member, Damon Albarn. The album was recorded and mixed on an iPad while Gorillaz was on a North American tour.
The band has also made the album available for free in streaming form through its Web site for those who will sign up for a mailing list. The first video, for “Phoner to Arizona” was released through YouTube, and is embedded below.
On the page for the album, the band listed the 20 apps used during the production, including: Speak It!, SoundyThingie, Mugician, Solo Synth (which no longer appears to be available), Synth, Funk Box, Gliss, AmpliTube, Xenon, Korg iElectribe, BS-16i, Mellotronics M3000 HD, Cleartune, iOrgel HD, Olsynth, StudioMini XL, BassLine, Harmonizer, Dub Siren Pro and Moog Filatron.
In addition to the above-listed apps, the band used several real instruments, listing: Korg Vocoder, Ukelele, Microkorg, Omnichord, Moog Voyager, Melodica, Guitar, Piano, and Korg Monotro. Some of the songs are instruments (like the one below), while others include vocal tracks. The real instruments and the vocals were all recorded with the iPad.
When it was first announced back in November, Mr. Albarn said that he hoped to have the album released by Christmas, which worked out for its fanclub and those wanting to listen to the stream. The L.A. Times reported that the band hopes to have the album in record stores in the early part of 2011.
Membership to the fanclub is priced at £29.99 or US$45, and includes various benefits like a free litho print, free downloads like this album, discounts from the band’s store, etc.
“Phoner to Arizona” from The Fall, by Gorillaz