KRFT Mod­u­lar Mu­sic Mak­ing

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KRFT is a mu­sic-mak­ing app that dif­fers by let­ting you con­struct “play sur­faces” and com­pos­ing loops – at the same time. The re­sult is unique, with a fu­tur­is­tic vibe, as you tap away at an­gu­lar neon con­struc­tions rather than a more typ­i­cal vir­tual piano key­board.

The snag is that a KRFT blank can­vas can in­tim­i­date, be­cause you must con­stantly con­sider var­i­ous el­e­ments. These in­clude in­stru­ment lay­outs you make by drag­ging about shapes (cells), song com­po­nents that those cells trig­ger, and the ar­range­ment of the song you’re working to­wards. For­tu­nately, the bun­dled demos ex­plain how a cell’s shape de­ter­mines its func­tion.

The na­ture of KRFT makes it well-suited to non-lin­ear com­po­si­tion as well as live per­for­mance. There is in­te­gra­tion with other apps through Able­ton Link and In­ter-App Au­dio, but KRFT feels more like a stand­alone prod­uct.

It’s a mu­sic app that rev­els in ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and play­ing about as you make mu­sic. Yes, there’s a learn­ing curve in­volved when you first get it, but take your time, start with sim­ple con­struc­tions and KRFT soon clicks.

ABOVE Cus­tom “play sur­faces” en­cour­age new ways of think­ing about com­po­si­tion and ar­range­ments

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