There are many amazing uses for an iPad. Among the device's potentially revolutionary applications, as I wrote back in April, are those related to making music. As several musicians told me, having a 9.7-inch multi-touch screen attached to a fast computer with an audio output opens up a crazy universe of possibilities. Case in point: this video, in which an "iPad Orchestra" performs "Sweet Dream," a piece written by Ilya Plavunov, on an app called Seline HD while wearing T-shirts indicating which "real" instrument's part each musician is playing.
Digital Music News frowned on this video
, calling the iPad an instrument of "mass orchestral destruction," and the performance "a geeky iPad frolic." TechCrunch wasn't too stoked on it
, either. And those writers may have a point -- watching a bunch of people tap an iPad is nothing like watching a capable chamber ensemble or a full orchestra perform. Having the iPad simply replicate the part of a real instrument -- cheeky T-shirts or no -- is about the most conventional use of it imaginable. But iPad music-making is in its infancy. If this video doesn't show what the iPad may eventually be capable of musically, it at least gives us a starting point.