Music App of the Day: Remix in the Palm of Your Hand, Thanks to Spin

Posted September 20

Start getting ready for any and all dance parties this weekend with a new offering from Spin magazine, who recently partnered with music app ShapeMix to create SPINshapemix.

Spin is undertaking its first genre-specific music app (it already has a rather awesome iPad magazine app) to celebrate the release of its October issue, which is all about Dance music.

If you’re unfamiliar with ShapeMix, it was initially released as an iPad app that made remixing music a snap — even if you have no remix experience.

Basically, the app contains songs that one can use to create a mix — songs are made up of tracks (instruments like drums, bass, sound effects, etc) that can be manipulated and mashed up with tracks from other jams. You can drag and move different instruments to change volume, and reorder them to alter duration, order etc. After you add effects (reverb, delay, flanger, etc), and fiddle with BPM, you can share mixes via your social channels.

Spin‘s version — which is for iPhone — comes preloaded with two songs: Tiësto and Hardwell’s “Zero 76″ and Digitalism’s “Circles.” You can also download stems from Sander van Doorn (“Love Is Darkness”), Damian Lazarus (“Different Now”), Holy Ghost! (“Hold My Breath”), Bird Peterson (“Spastics”), Destructo (“Technology”), Marty Party (“Ice Cream Truck”), and Pallers (“Come Rain, Come Sunshine”).

For those of you in the U.S. who have mad remixing skills, you can share your mixes on Facebook for a chance to win a trip for two on the electronic dance-music cruise, Holy Ship!, at which Skrillex will be performing. Interested parties can cast their votes here.

Spin has certainly been getting into the digital game of late, what with its aforementioned iPad app, as well as its partnership with Pandora for music blogs, Shuffler.fm.

Will you remix to win?

By Brenna Ehrlich