With the ability of members from the Yale community to check out iPads for short-term use through the Bass Media Checkout Service, one of Yale’s a cappella groups, A.Squared (also written as A^2 or [A2]), has taken advantage of the equipment to produce “high-tech cappella.” By using an app called touchAble that interfaces as a controller with the computer software Albeton Live, the group can take vocal sound samples on-the-fly to manipulate, layer, loop, and provide sound effects of the samples to produce a unique sound during live performances. If you want to catch them in the act, they are scheduled to perform at TEDx@Yale on March 29, 2014.
Here are some fruits of A.Squared’s labor. As the old saying goes: It’s hip to be squared!
“Fat Bottomed Girls” – Queen
“Holocene” – Bon Iver