ROLI, the music technology innovator, today launches Blocks, the most accessible and scalable music creation system ever made.
Renowned artists including Grimes, Steve Aoki, and RZA are already making music on Blocks and creating signature soundpacks for Blocks musicians. Grimes – a composer, producer, and global superstar whose sound is redefining pop music – said, “ROLI Blocks will democratize 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.”
Three Blocks launch today. 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.
Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, and inventor of Blocks, said, “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. 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. With a Lightpad Block retailing at $179 (£169.95) and the Live Block and Loop Block at $79 (£69.95), Blocks is extraordinarily affordable as well as powerful.