A.R. Rahman Masters iPad With Original Song, Announces Tour

By April 21, 2010 No Comments

The Mozart of Madras is also a Mozart of Technology.

It’s 2010. When you think of musicians, producers and artists you have to think tech. Leave it to Indian super-producer A. R. Rahman to lead with the latest in cutting edge tech, the iPad.

MTV Iggy had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Rahman before he announced his upcoming world tour, “A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour.” We found that not only does he own an iPad, he now owns eight!

When Rahman’s flight arrived from India to New York at 4am on Monday, he and his staff went straight to the 24/7 Apple store on 5th avenue to buy the tablet.

“They wouldn’t give more than two for each person,” but “there were so many emails from friends and directors [from India] wanting them.” So the Mozart of Technology had his entourage help him out. Shhh, don’t tell Steve Jobs!

By the time MTV Iggy was talking with him at 11am, A. R. was proudly showing off the apps he had already downloaded.

A. R. showed us a couple of programs that he was into. Upon swiping his tablet open, the first one was already called up. “I love this program, Bebot – Robot Synth.”

He demonstrated the program with an original song, on-the-fly. Every finger-touch presented an auditory note, gestures up the pad controlled volume and intensity. The horizontal movement changed the tone. He seemed to have mastered the instrument that is Bebot, calling it a “polyphonic theremin.” He modestly told us, “I’m getting used to it still.”

Rahman also showed us a mixing app that he uses to control his studio program, Pro Tools. “I sit [back] and lounge,” he jokes noting that his studio has “ a lot of Apple stuff.”

Check back soon with for more of our exclusive conversation with A. R. Rahman!

Are you excited to see A. R. Rahman live? Check out the tour dates and let us know!

» 6/11 – New York @ Nassau Coliseum
» 6/12 – New Jersey @ Broadwalk Arena
» 6/13 – Washington, DC @ Patriot Center
» 6/18 – Chicago, IL @ Sears Center
» 6/19 – Detroit, MI @ Silver Dome
» 6/20 – Toronto, CA @ Air Canada Center
» 6/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Arena
» 6/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
» 6/30 – Vancouver @ PNE
» 7/03 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
» 7/05 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena
» 7/16 – Zurich @ Hallenstadion
» 7/17 – Paris, France @ Bercy
» 7/18 – Holland @ Amsterdam Arena
» 7/23 – United Kingdom @ LG Arena
» 7/24 – London @ O2
» 7/25 – London @ Wembley