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Stand-up comedian Lost Voice Guy made his debut at Mission in Sunderland on 4 February this year.
His slogan -- "(Probably) the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid" says it all.
Lee Ridley suffers from cerebral palsy and lost his voice at a young age, but it hasn't stopped him from being able to use it in comedy -- through a text-to-speech app called Speak It!. The iPad has taken the place of his natural voice on stage, and athough people may not know what to make of it when he begins, the video below shows that it can be used to his advantage.
Lost Voice Guy has become a popular comedian through his iPad use, and currently performs in London.
On 4/19/11 at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, pianist Lang Lang stepped out and played his first (out of three) encores through an iPad, choosing to tap away on glass instead of using his usual instrument and ivory keys.
His rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" at the concert gained him laughter and applause from the surprised audience. The pianist is known for encouraging young people to become interested in classical music, so how better than to appeal to their love of gadgets?
Mixing standard DJ equipment and an iPad, Rana Sobhany calls herself the 'world's first iPad DJ'. She uses a number of applications, including sets from IK Multimedia GrooveMaker.
As she waited in line outside an Apple Store in New York to secure the iPad on its release date, inspiriation came to her -- why not experiment with an iPad DJ rig, instead of the usual turntables?
"I just started playing with some of the music apps that were available for the iPhone, specifically the IK Multimedia GrooveMaker apps,” she told Wired.
"I got really inspired by the basic functionality of these apps and I started thinking about ways to incorporate iPad into a live performance. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was entirely possible to build a set around solely iPad music software and applications."