Global Glow Festival showed how iPads can be treated like acoustic instruments

The Global Glow music festival premiered over the weekend in Evergreen. The festival was created to showcase the CU Denver's music program and give faculty a space to showcase their musical and artistic work.

Todd Reid, Percussion Area Coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver played his iPad alongside the students who comprise the CU Denver Mobile Device Ensemble. He hopes the festival inspired thinking about music in a new way, not in traditional terms. "One assignment I give is for students to go outside and record themselves with some found sound in their day to day world," he says.

Reid was in the Denver music scene for more than forty years before starting a teaching career at CU Denver. While at CU Denver he "got bit by the elctronicia bug."

He has been investigating the area of electronic music with his students by using iPads, Macs and iPods. "My style is a bit more experimental, a bit ambient," he says, joking that a 50 year old doesn't fit in with EDM scene.

At the festival, he directed workshops, focusing on using iPods to create short chunks of music in Garage Band. The whole ensemble will be featured at TedX Mile High next week.

Reid stresses the importance of using technology as an instrument and not abusing the nature of the tool. "It's easy to just push buttons, so i really try to encourage treat these tools like acoustic ones," he says.

The festival was non-genre specific, and featured classical, folk and electronic music. There were also art and film components.

"I think for me, my primary goal for the festival is that potential students see opportunity to bring in some non standard ways of making music, which is more than we think of. We can use tools like iPads and nature," Reid said.

The school brought in select music and arts student to help out with the workshops, with the goal of exposing potential students to the aesthetics of progressive art and music. Its part of CU Denver's unique music program, called music and entertainment industry studies. It encompasses the business side of music, including audio engineering, song writing and more.

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