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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."
There are few that would deny the iPad is cutting edge technology, but for the technologically challenged, that phrase may have another meaning. If you give an iPad to one of your grandparents, it may be an idea to keep them out of the kitchen.