Since I’ve been using iOS almost exclusively in my music making for the last few years (mostly with custom apps I’ve built using iRTcmix), it’s been exciting to witness the progress in the computing power of these devices. I’ve idly speculated about their power relative to their Mac predecessors, but I haven’t seen any direct comparisons. The current devices, while still limited compared to MacBooks, have started to feel a lot less computationally cramped. Considering I replaced my 2008 MacBook relatively recently, this comparison from John Gruber was encouraging:
To put that in context, the iPhone 5S beats my 2008 15-inch MacBook Pro by a small measure in the Sunspider benchmark (with the MacBook Pro running the latest Safari 6.1 beta). The iPhone 5S is, in some measures, computationally superior to the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro from just five years ago. In your fucking pocket.
And it looks like Gruber just about called it 5 years ago.
If a 2007 iPhone is loosely equivalent in terms of computing power to a 2000 PowerBook or 1999 Power Mac, that puts the spread at around seven or eight years. Extrapolate forward, and it’s therefore not at all unreasonable to think that a 2014 iPhone will pack the computing power of today’s MacBook Pro.
Why yes, I am tired of typing. Thanks for asking! On the other hand, and I mean this in the nicest possible way, fuck you.
I’ll be participating in The John Cage Variety Show Big Band directed by Miguel Frasconi at The Stone in NYC on Wednesday. It’s part of 12 days of events so be sure to check out the calendar to see what else is happening.
Wednesday, September 5
8 and 10 pm
Avenue C at 2nd Street in the East Village
Miguel Frasconi (glass, electronics) Daniel Goode (clarinet) Kathleen Supové (piano) Chris McIntyre (trombone) Cristian Amigo, Richard Carrick (guitars) David Watson (bagpipes) Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) John King (viola) Erin Rogers (sax) Guy Barash (computer) Shannon Fields (voice) Damon Holzborn (electronicss) special guest TILT Brass.
Celebrating the composer on the day of his birth, 100 years ago. Pieces will include Sonata for Clarinet (1932), In a Landscape (1948), Fontana Mix (1958), Aria (1958), Music for Amplified Toy Pianos (1960), Variations II (1961), Atlas Eclipticalis (1962), Solos from Song Books (1970), Child of Tree (1975), Composed Improvisations (1990), One7 (1990), and an ensemble performance of 4’33” (1952).
Next, in case you missed it, I’ve posted the first small batch of short pieces to kick off a series of character works for solo electronics. This week features all three versions of the Korg Monotron. Future installments will feature iOS software I’m creating and other small noisemaking devices with a focus on simple yet expressive interfaces.
No I won’t go to my computer to view your content. I don’t care why you’ve chosen not to make your video (or article) available on mobile, that’s where I’ve chosen to view it.