Serj Tankian Writes Album On iPad

The System Of A Down singer had a little help from his iPad while writing his new record, in what he calls "the most productive year of my life."

Serj Tankian Writes Album On iPad
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Serj Tankian has released a snippet of the new album he wrote with a little help from an iPad. "Harakiri" is the third solo album from the System Of A Down frontman, after 2010's "Imperfect Harmonies". It features members of his touring band, including Mario Pagliarulo on bass, Troy Zeigler on drums, and Dan Monti on guitar who helped Serj record and mix the album. "The record is different than any I've made as a solo artist," he says. "It is much more driving and punk-oriented, with influences ranging from goth to electronic to '80s vibes, dynamically heavy rock to epic melodic songs. Lyrically, it spans the gauntlet of themes from personal, political and philosophical to spiritual, humor and love. "I used the Apple iPad as a songwriting instrument to sketch out three of the songs on the record," he said. "We must trick ourselves into writing in different ways to get unexpected results." Serj says 2011 was "the most productive year of my life so far." The result of his efforts included his score for the rock musical "Prometheus Bound" which opened in February, and his second poetry book "Glaring Through Oblivion". On top of that, he completed four albums - one jazz record, an electronic album, a classical symphony and the new solo rock record. "The year 2011 started with a fire. Some kids in Piha, New Zealand were setting off fireworks that landed on my neighbor's property and lit the whole hill on fire. I knew it was going to be a hell of a year and it certainly was," said Tankian (via Blabbermouth). "Within five days of that, reports came out about birds and fish dying in massive numbers globally. The omen was not lost on me. Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri (the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide.) Do they know something we don't about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment? That is the day I started writing this record." Listen to a clip from the song "Figure It Out" here:
What do you think of his new track? Share your rating in the comments.

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    jay3213
    sykest70 wrote: Get ready for the anti Apple comments.
    Aunty Apple makes the worst pies
    spiff-corgi
    deadlydictator wrote: and for real, if someone walked up to you like "here, want this ipad?" i ****ing GUARANTEE you would take it.
    To sell on eBay
    crazyhorse174
    After the week I've had in work configuring fecking iPads, part of my soul (or what is left) has died reading this. Apple really deserve an award for being able to market such a useless piece of crap to the masses and make them think that its the Next Big Thing. :'(
    Maestro1600
    sykest70 wrote: Get ready for the anti Apple comments.
    Hang on, give me a second... ...ok, I'm ready.
    UGtom
    metallicaftwlp wrote: misleading title as usual. only 3 songs not an entire album.
    Looks like you read the article and saw the full story, as intended.
    spiff-corgi
    The only reason people buy iPads is to show people that they have enough money to buy an iPad. Also, it says he used it to "organise 3 songs"; he didn't make an entire album on an iPad. Don't lie. Lies make baby Jesus cry.
    District
    Funny is that this has also been said in the previous two Tankian news articles.
    justinb904
    I'd be more impressed if he wrote the album using his own feces while being chased by bears.
    DoodlySquat
    jay3213 wrote: sykest70 wrote: Get ready for the anti Apple comments. Aunty Apple makes the worst pies
    Oh my gosh I can barely type this I am laughing so hard.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    sykest70 wrote: Get ready for the anti Apple comments.
    get ready for people to have opinions...
    GibsonMan321
    Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri (the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide.) Do they know something we don't about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment? That is the day I started writing this record."
    wat
    GMPX
    crazyhorse174 wrote: Apple really deserve an award for being able to market such a useless piece of crap to the masses and make them think that its the Next Big Thing.
    Yes and it's stupid articles like this one that feed the fan boys love for Apple.
    raoooos
    Dostoyevskian wrote: It's interesting that he did some of the songs on the iPad, but I thought it was more interesting (but probably not better to listen to) when Bjork put out her album as a series of apps for listeners to interact with.
    It was a good album
    Purcell
    "Within five days of that, reports came out about birds and fish dying in massive numbers globally. The omen was not lost on me. Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri (the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide.) Do they know something we don't about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment? That is the day I started writing this record."
    What.
    deadlydictator
    WTF is wrong with apple? clearly they have a marketable line of products that appeal to todays younger generation, and that also attracts a slightly older crowd. Fuck, i sure as **** wish I came up with some shit like this. and for real, if someone walked up to you like "here, want this ipad?" i ****ing GUARANTEE you would take it.
    lVlaniac
    It alredy sounds better than anything from Imperfect Harmonies. Kuddos to Serj, looking forward to the new album
    Shaggy91
    I mean, you can feel like its the most productive year....but i want a new SOAD album. then its awesome. productivity isn't quality. Still Serj is pretty sweet no matter what, and a nice guy!
    robarge00
    metallicaftwlp wrote: misleading title as usual. only 3 songs not an entire album.
    This is how UG survives.
    silent caution
    Serj is awesome, I really dont care if he wrote the album on the bathroom wall, its still going to be good.
    khakiapple
    so about the music... not really impressed. and the video? sorry serj, but this shit is getting old. not thinking i'm gonna pick it up.
    redcthulhu
    Man, that riff sounded ****ing sweet. Made me miss SOAD even more. I hope they do an album soon, too.
    FERAL1975
    I'm sorry...honestly...but post-System of a Down I've found everything he's done to be VERY lacking. In the same way as everything Post-Euphoria Morning for Chris Cornell. You expected SOOO much but...
    crazysam23_Atax
    jekylhyde wrote: Oh, he used a computer to make music. In 2012...
    Yeah, crazy, isn't it? We have a story about someone using a PC to make albums.../facepalm
    leohimself
    Teuras wrote: He's rolling in Apple moneyyyyy
    they see him rollin', they hatin'
    Miyagi84
    Don't really understand how this is relevant. The article is more about what he's doing and not about the tablet. He only used it for 3 songs anyways which is hardly an albums worth of material. Jesus this website gets enough money from all the advertisements and pop ups as it is... We are already on the site why trick us into reading articles? Serj is interesting enough as it is.
    Schnitzel_Man
    crazyhorse174 wrote: After the week I've had in work configuring fecking iPads, part of my soul (or what is left) has died reading this. Apple really deserve an award for being able to market such a useless piece of crap to the masses and make them think that its the Next Big Thing. :'(
    Ugh. They are a technical nightmare in a workplace environment.
    Asutari
    Maybe he's gonna use some Jordan Rudess apps? Samplewiz is the coolest music app imo.
    Dostoyevskian
    It's interesting that he did some of the songs on the iPad, but I thought it was more interesting (but probably not better to listen to) when Bjork put out her album as a series of apps for listeners to interact with.
    chhang
    sounds awesome, ipads are just another tool its all down to the person using it and i think he just used it to help him do arrangements.
    CronoMagus
    spiff-corgi wrote: The only reason people buy iPads is to show people that they have enough money to buy an iPad. Also, it says he used it to "organise 3 songs"; he didn't make an entire album on an iPad. Don't lie. Lies make baby Jesus cry.
    Who are you kidding? Its more like the people who dont have iPads dont have enough money to afford them. I have an Android Tablet and these things are incredibly helpful.