ROLI unveils Blocks modular music studio
The inventor of the innovative Seaboard and Rise interfaces launches Blocks, a Lego-like music creation system, at Apple Stores worldwide
Music technology innovator, ROLI has launched Blocks, claiming it is “the most accessible and scalable music creation system ever made.” With a click of magnetic connectors, the Blocks connect together to create customisable kits that suit any skill level and musical style.
Renowned artists including Grimes, Steve Aoki, and RZA are already making music on Blocks and creating signature soundpacks for Blocks musicians. Songwriter and producer, Grimes said, “ROLI Blocks will democratise music production. It’s so intuitive and versatile. I’m always on the go, and Blocks is the most powerful mobile production tool I’ve ever used.”
So far, three different Blocks have been launched: the Lightpad Block features a tactile, glowing surface that lets people shape music through presses, glides, and other natural gestures; the Live Block and Loop Block have controls that make it even easier to perform and produce in real time.
Blocks is powered by Noise, a free music app for iPhone and iPad that is now available at the App Store. Noise connects to Blocks wirelessly over Bluetooth, becoming the system’s sound engine as well as a standalone app.
“Many areas of life have been transformed by the digital. Music, though, remains a universal language that everyone understands, but only a few can speak.” explains its inventor, Roland Lamb. “Blocks will change that, and enable people around the world to experience the joy of music-making for the first time.”
The Lightpad Block, Live Block, and Loop Block are exclusively available at ROLI.com, Apple.com, and Apple Stores around the world. The Lightpad Block retails at £169.95 and the Live Block and Loop Block at £69.95.