Concert pianist and erudite blogger Stephen Hough tries out the iPad's basic piano app and then enjoys the Magic Piano app, on which he demonstrates how Lang Lang did Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee using that app during a pause during a concert and mentions that it could be quite useful for composers, eventually.
At his popular blog, he describes the experience and his advice and is enthusiastic about many of its delights. In the video itself, he says he will wait for the 2nd version though.
In the blog-comments area, his comments below did catch my eye:
' Johnno – but the Kindle is the real miracle, loved especially by travelling bookworms :-) I’ll write something about it sometime. '... to which, he added a bit later:
' Peacenik – the Kindle is really wonderful. I’m reading a new biography of Hans von Bulow at the moment and there’s no way I would be able to carry this huge hardback around in my briefcase … or be able to change to Trollope after 2 hours of Alan Walker … and then dip into some poetry, or the 60+ books that I have on there. I loved reading Austerity Britain, but 800+ pages in print form? It would make my arms ache just to hold it. (And I was able to increase the size of the tiny print.) 'And two more there:
'Peacenik - every classic you can imagine (try the complete Dickens for $1.99) but also many new books for around market prices. I love its footnotes function – click on the number and the window opens, rather than searching at the back all the time; the dictionary can be useful, as well as the search function. You know you read something about prunes in a short story but can’t remember where. Type in ‘prunes’ and every reference will pop up in a list.This man knows his Kindle.
danielearwicker – [re an iPad app] I’m still addicted to the Kindle’s lack of back-lighting though, but that sounds like an incredible app! '
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