Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess Launches iPad/iPhone App Development Company, Wizdom Music
July 7, 2010 - New York, NY - Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has launched Wizdom Music, a virtual musical instrument iPad/iPhone app development company. Wizdom Music’s first release for the iPad, MorphWiz, a collaboration between Rudess and software developer Kevin Chartier, shot to the #1 spot on iTunes in the USA and other nations within a few days of its June 18th release. Wizdom Music proudly announces the release of MorphWiz for Apple’s iPhone and iTouch, which is now available on iTunes.
MorphWiz, the second app to bare Jordan Rudess’ name, was inspired by his experience with the Haken Continuum Fingerboard, a radically innovative and revolutionary MIDI instrument that Jordan helped to pioneer on stage and in the studio with Dream Theater. Like the Continuum, MorphWiz is a vertical grid based musical instrument that allows a whole new level of expressive control with real-time, highly organic, animated visual feedback. If you’re a beginner, you’ll love experimenting with the intuitive presets, but if you’re a pro musician, you will be immediately blown away by the coolest iPad and iPhone musical instrument that perfectly melds the world of intuitive musical creativity with real-time visual control and response.
Garnering glowing accolades from leading music industry professionals and performers alike, David Earl, Creative Director and sflogicninjawith Pyramind Studios, states, “Jordan's expertise with synthesis in the context of performance really shines through with this creation… Jordan Rudess, is there any technology that you can't make sing or scream?” Jim Dalrymple, founder of LoopInsight.com, states, “Not only is Jordan a creative force in the music industry, he is also one of the leading influencers in adopting technology and meshing the two worlds together,” and legendary keyboardist, Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer said, “It’s important to note that no Moog synthesizers were harmed in its production.”
MorphWiz has even received congratulatory reviews from leading music and technology educators, such as David Mash, Vice President for Technology and Education Outreach, Berklee College of Music, who called MorphWiz “a 5 Star app,” that is “deep, powerful, sounds great, stable and well thought-out,” and “a very satisfying musical experience!” In addition, Uri Nieto, Graduate Student, Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research, Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), states, “Jordan, you get an A++ on this one.”
Rudess states, “Our goal was to create an instrument that would allow the seamless morphing of the audio and visual domain while delivering a seamless musical experience. I believe the iPhone/iPad multitouch platform opens up a whole new world of creation of electronic musical instruments and we’re proud MorphWiz is the first major offering from Wizdom Music. My experience and involvement with the Haken Continuum and extraordinary Bebot app brought to life an advanced pitch control system that is still uncharted territory for many in today’s musical instrument world. This is the heart of MorphWiz.”
MorphWiz features over 80 custom Jordan Rudess-created patches and a wealth of other features, including:
Qualified members of the press wishing to review MorphWiz may request a complimentary download code and/or interviews with Jordan Rudess and/or Kevin Chartier through Christopher Buttner, President, PRThatRocks.com, at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 415-233-7350.