Zak Bowen is a pianist, musician, graphic and web designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Shortly after starting primary school, Zak was enrolled in the Primary Music Institute and started learning piano. In 2008, after starting high school, Zak started to develop his piano skills further by starting band work. Zak has gone on to play in numerous bands, stage productions and live gigs since then. Zak was a part of 'Unskooled', a band of 5-10 music students from The Lakes South Morang P-9 School. Zak recorded two albums with the band titled 'Anymore' (2008) and 'My Heart Is Breaking' (2009). Shortly after the band broke up, Zak performed as part of the live band for 'The Lake', a 2010 school production hosted at Parade College. Since then, he has been writing his own material, released two solo albums and has collaborated with a number of musicians. Zak performed as part of the live band for the production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in July/August 2013. What role does music play in my life? Music plays a big role in my life. Music allows me to escape from the world and enter a world of peace and happiness. I started playing piano in 2002 when I first took up piano lessons and since then my passion for music has grown. What are your influences? Mika, Queen, Freddie Mercury, Tim Minchin, Elton John What projects are you currently working on? I am currently working on a collaboration album with a friend from the UK and i'm hoping to be involved in a new band later this year. You can see some of my past projects at www.zakbowen.com. What are some of the challenges you are trying to overcome? [...]
The Cardboard Crowns are a mighty clash of ska-beat, reggae, punk-rock, and community service, all wrapped up in swirling frenzy of cardboard. Powered by the angst brought out by social injustice, and a particularly strange zest for life. Checkout the video to see how they use Anytune. The Cardboard Crowns were the winners of the 2013 edition of the LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot competition. The band laid down a high energy set from start to finish, led by the antics of their firecracker drummer. I’m not sure how the rest of the band didn’t have to carry him off the stage at the end of their set. The band’s energy was infectious, as were their tunes. I liked what I heard, and I definitely want to hear more than the short 20 minute set that I was treated to.
Steve Gordon lives in the U.K., has been playing guitar for over 40 years and is still going strong. Steve was originally going to buy a trumpet but he couldn't afford one so he bought a guitar instead. Lucky for The Diamonds, a band he joined in the sixties that started as a skiffle group. Steve remembers the Diamonds appearing with and backing many big sixites stars including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. They have had several TV appearances and played at some very cool venues including Wembley Stadium, the Cavern Club Liverpool and Royal Albert Hall. His influences include Hank Marvin, Dave Goldberg Richie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, Big Jim Sullivan, James Brown, P J Proby, and Elvis. Steve has a had an envied career playing guitar for Dusty Springfield, Dell Shannon, Bobby Vee, Big Dee Irvin and P J Proby. He has also jammed with greats such as Richie Blackmore and Jimmy Hendrix and his old friend of many years Nashville Guitarist Ray Flacke, with whom he regularly does battle via Googletalk. He has had a chance to use a lot of equipment over the years including Blackstar Amplification, Marshall, Music Man, Mesa Boogie MK1, Fender, Rivera Sedona amps. He even had custom amps from Vox-Jennings Musical Instruments and a custom guitar from Patrick Eggle Guitars. His latest acquisitions include a PRS Johnny Highland Guitar, Fender Strat Powered by Roland and a Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth. Nothing has excited Steve more than the prospect of exploring the GR-55. Steve took some time off from playing professionally to concentrate on his family and to help other young musicians. "There is always a price to pay when dedicating ones life to music and I would [...]
Gary Mulholland is a professional musician and educator from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. He started playing saxophone at age 10 in a school instrumental music programme and 30-odd years later, music has taken him all around the world and provided many awesome opportunities. 2013 marks Gary’s 21st year in music education. He has been teaching saxophone and clarinet at All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast for the past 4 years. Gary was appointed Head of Bands in 2011, responsible for overseeing brass, woodwind and percussion at the school. He has also worked in several other well-regarded Queensland schools where music education has been a major part of the schools' curriculum and school life. Gary admits saxophone is his first-love and primary instrument. However, he also plays virtual instruments nearly as much these days with the AKAI EWI4000S and the Yamaha WX5 wind controllers. He uses an Apple MacBook Pro for all his audio and synthesis requirements, with MainStage being his performance platform. Gary is married to “one outstanding lady”, Kim for 21 years and has one daughter, Tiahna, who is 16 years old. Who are your influences? You can’t be a sax player and not been influenced at some stage of your career by the sax icons Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and David Sanborn. However, my primary influences over the past 15 years have been Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright, Dave Koz and Steve Tavaglione….these guys are simply brilliant. Having mentioned the cats above, I really need to mention a bunch of other players to whom I listen all the time: Jeff Kashiwa, Michael Lington, Boney James, Mindi Abair, Jeff Coffin, Jan Garbarek, Eric Darius, Brandon Fields, Ernie Watts, Euge [...]
Phil is originally from Saint John, New Brunswick where he started playing piano and picked up the bass guitar in junior high. He co-founded Soundcheck Rehearsal Studios in Ottawa, Canada to offer musicians a comfortable and pleasant environment to practice, create new music, or just jam with fellow musician. Phil is now looking forward to getting back to creating and playing music again. Anytune caught up with Phil at Soundcheck to show him the latest version of Anytune and feature him on the first video instalment of Anytune's Featured Artist Spotlight. Check out the video and get a new appreciation of Geddy Lee watching Phil use Anytune to help learn a few seconds of YYZ. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYzHLks5p8w What does music mean to you? Music gives me everything from an emotional outlet, a way to practice discipline and build skills and a means of expression. I play bass, piano, guitar and I try to sing. Making sound is a beautiful thing, but interestingly, music is even more about listening than about making sound. That’s an important thing for me to remember and take into other aspects of life. Influences: Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Tool, Foo Fighters, Ryan P. Long What challenges do you face related to music? Finding time to practice at the moment. When I do have time, my biggest challenge is practicing what I really need to practice. There are so many fun things to play. Does Anytune help? Anytune can help make some of the necessary practice material more fun by bringing success and progress more rapidly. Phil Rushworth's Tools for 'Me Time' What projects are you working on now? Soundcheck Rehearsal Studios- Chris Lepage and myself built this out [...]
Born and educated in the UK, Kit was a professional Classical Ballet dancer for 20 years. He worked in various countries around the world including Portugal, France, Switzerland, UK, S. Africa, Australia. He retired when hw was 37 and took up a teaching career and moved to Sydney, Australia where he have lived the next 25 years. 8 years ago he became an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance, London and now – as well as teaching – travels extensively, both Nationally and Internationally. Tell us a bit about your history with music. I learned the piano 'on and off' from the age of 6 to 15, but was never very good - I never practised! In the 50’s, it was a luxury to have a record player, so the only music I got to hear was on the radio or on a 'reel to reel' tape recorder my parents used at parties - one of those strange events that adults did in that period, where one played music and danced strange things called 'Knees up Mother Brown', the 'Hoky Coky' and the 'Conga'. At 12, I was given a transistor radio by a rich relation, so I avidly listened to Radio Luxembourg, Radio London and Radio Capitol, all playing the latest 'pop' music. The Beatles, Stones, Four Seasons, The Byrds, etc. The latter two were illegal radio stations and had to broadcast from a boat in the North Sea. When my parents became a bit more affluent they lashed out and bought a 'Stereogram'. By this time, I was well into my dance training so got to hear plenty of music and joined the local library, I could only rent out classical music [...]
[prMac.com] Ottawa, Ontario Anytune is proud to announce the release of Anytune 3.8, the ultimate music practice iOS app for musicians of all kinds. With Anytune's new 'download import' feature, getting new music into Anytune has become even more convenient. Musicians who want to learn their favorite songs but don't have an mp3 copy handy on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can now easily download music from popular free media sharing sites. "This is a great way to add free music to your iPhone or iPad. Then you can use the other great features of our music slow downer app to learn to play all your favorite tracks by ear." relayed CTO Sean Kormilo. "Download tracks directly to your iPad or iPhone from your favourite free video or audio file websites and you'll be playing along in no time." With little more than a few taps on a screen, vast and diverse discographies are available to acquire and study. With features comparable to desktop slow downers costing much more, it's no wonder Anytune Pro+ has an average rating of 5 stars across 600 ratings in the Apple App Store. As Facebook fan Ed Matthews put it "Great news for an already great product!" Anytune's download import is included in Anytune's free feature set, giving all Anytune users the ability to collect their favourite songs from all over the Internet. The 'download import' feature is added to an already rich set of music sharing options including; Audiobus, Dropbox, Wi-Fi, through Email, to and from other apps with Open-in, and the in-app record function. Combined all of these options make Anytune the most connected practice app in the App Store. Transcribing has also got a lot [...]
[prMac.com] Ottawa, Canada - Anytune, the ultimate music practice iOS app for musicians of all kinds, just got even better. Anytune 3.7 is the first music practice app to offer the ability to stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps such as Apple's GarageBand. Anytune joins the Audiobus app community by live streaming tempo, pitch and equalizer adjusted audio to other Audiobus-compatible apps. Audiobus allows users to easily connect the output of one Audiobus-compatible iOS app into the input of another, playing a synthesizer live into a looper or multi-track recorder, or using one app to manipulate the live output of another. "Many of our customers love using Anytune's high quality tempo and pitch adjustment to play along with their favourite tracks." cites co-founder and CTO Sean Kormilo. "With Audiobus support, our customers will now be able to use their favourite Audiobus-compatible effects apps to manipulate their sound, use Anytune to provide the backing track, and then record the whole mix using GarageBand or another Audiobus-compatiable DAW!" Musicians worldwide use Anytune to learn to play, transcribe and practice songs by slowing down the tempo, adjusting the pitch, repeating loops, setting navigation marks and sharing timed comments using their favorite tracks. The first app to offer features normally found on expensive desktop software, Anytune is consistently ranked as the highest-rated music practice app on the Apple App Store. About Anystone Anystone Technologies created Anytune to enhance the music learning experience by leveraging the latest tablet and smartphone technology. Copyright (C) 2013 Anystone Technologies. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Ottawa, February 21, 2013 - The Anytune music slow downer is very proud to have received the bronze 2013 Exploriem Bootstrap Award in the Best Mobile Application category. Anytune is the ultimate music practice app for singers, dancers and musicians of all kinds. Artists worldwide use Anytune to learn to learn, transcribe or practice songs by slowing down the tempo, adjusting the pitch, repeating loops, and sharing comments using their favourite tracks. "The entire Anystone team is honoured to be associated with an amazing group of finalists in the Mobile App category. We are very proud that Anytune helps people learn to play music and very thankful to be recognized for it with the Boostrap Award." said Tony Wacheski CEO. The Bootstrap Awards and Adawe Trade Show are a prestigious annual event hosted by Exploriem Entrepreneur Network. The awards honour Entrepreneur and Intrapreneurs from the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, as well as Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. The Bootstrap Awards celebrate enterprises that are self-capitalized.
As part of the 2012 edition of Global Entrepreneurship Week Ottawa, Anystone Technologies Inc. was named one of Ottawa Rising Stars. "Our business is focused on enhancing audio and video users’ learning experience with mobile technologies. Online education is exploding and it includes audio and video content. We provide tools that enhance the learning experience by allowing users to increase the rate of consumption to save time or reduce it to improve comprehension. We want to revolutionize the consumption of media content." Tony Wacheski – CEO / Co-Founder Anystone Technologies Inc. See the full success story here. Anytune also got some special attention from market2world communications in a blog about three of these companies. Checkout the full story here.