Ashley Elsdon is now bringing Palm Sounds’ obsessive, superb content of mobile music to CDM. It’s the first of several new channels launching this summer.

Palm Sounds, Ashley Elsdon’s forward-thinking mobile music blog, launched 11 years ago, was ahead of the curve. Before the iPhone (hence the “palm” name), before gadgets like littleBits or the KORG monotron, Ashley already understood how important portable gadgets could be for music. He has also been a leader in talking about how music tools can adapt to new audiences, including people with different learning and physical abilities.

So, as we work out how to keep CDM ahead of what’s coming in the next years, adding the vision of someone like Ashley.

Palm Sounds + CDM

Starting today, Ashley’s up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest mobile technology – iOS, Android, and mobile gear – is available on CDM. That channel is called “Mobile.” We’ll also look forward to some long-form writing from him, as we’re lucky to gain his expertise not in mobile music but in expanding accessibility for music, as well. (He’s done great work, for instance, with groups like Heart n Soul, a UK charity expanding the arts for people with disabilities.)

The Mobile channel should be everything Palm Sounds has been, only – if we do our job right – even better.

You’ll still find eleven years of great information at palmsounds.net – but tune into CDM with Ashley for what happens from now into the future.

Newswires and a full recode

Partnering with Palm Sounds is just one of a few steps we’re taking today.

The first stories published to createdigitalmusic.com came before Twitter, YouTube, and the iPhone were even public, before The FaceBook turned into Facebook. We have to continue to adapt to keep this a place that helps you explore all that’s new in music technology.

So, in addition to the “Mobile” channel, we have a second newswire today called “Gear.” It’s a home to the expanding world of music technology, from Eurorack modular to software to DIY projects. The main “Stories” channel remains the long-form analysis you expect from CDM (music and motion), with “Gear” bringing you faster updates on everything else.

And of course, we want your submissions – new stuff you think is cool, plus your own DIY and open source and crowd-funded and self-made projects and ideas. CDM is about nothing if not keeping up with cool and crazy stuff from readers.

We’ll be adding additional editorial contributors and features beyond just the Gear area as the summer goes on. And you’ll notice spots in navigation for our collaborative projects on hardware (MeeBlip) and on a music label (Establishment). So, naturally, watch this space.

Enabling all of this, we’ve recoded the site from the ground up, with the help of Web developer Hallvard Kristiansen, featuring an ongoing design collaboration with Marijn Degenaar. Right now, it may look mostly the same, but this is a platform that allows us to add features and fix bugs.

Over the coming days and months, we’ll work with that platform to do even more.

In the meantime, enjoy, and do send feedback – what you like, what you don’t, what breaks on different platforms. I’ll be reviewing that more or less round the clock this summer. It’s like my holiday at the beach, sort of – but it’ll be worth it.

And thank you for helping keep CDM going after almost 13 years.

Now welcome, Palm Sounds. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

  • Congrats! It’s nothing to code fresh, recoding and migrating is a tremendous pain! And Welcome Ashley!

  • Max

    A merge of my favorite blogs, nice!
    But a little *cough* late, mobile should have got way more attention here years ago.

    • Good to hear.

      I would defend my mobile coverage over the past ten years but … less so the *functioning of the site* on mobile platforms. 😉 That’s what is really overdue today.

      And Ashley’s take on the latest mobile news is I’d say unlike anyone else’s.

      • Max

        All is well. 🙂
        I have been reading both blogs since 2010.

        • Ha, believe me *I’m* happy to be able to read on mobile… sinking in how far off we were!

    • Random Chance

      I had the feeling that mobile did get a lot of attention here over the years. Sometimes too much so for my taste to be honest. I think that Peter always strives to report about different developments and not just a particular strand of technology. That to me is the most important aspect of this site.

      • Dubby Labby

        It’s a matter of taste. I feel the same as Max but better “later” than never. Great news anyways!

  • chaircrusher

    First PalmSounds, next Bandcamp, tomorrow the world!!!

  • AudioKit Pro

    Congratulations- It looks great! -Matthew

  • DJ Hombre

    Great to see Ashley getting recognition / wider audience, his blog motivated me into exploring DJing on iOS many, many years ago.

  • Pierre Fontaine

    Wow!!! Congratulations to Ashley on becoming part of the CDM family. I love the PalmSounds blog as it was one of my primary stops on the internet for many years, even as I began to drift away from music making for a time. I look forward to reading his take on making music on portable devices here on CDM in the future!

  • Mark Kunoff

    Awesome!!!

  • Will

    Brilliant move, both of you. Ashley’s energy and love for mobile is palpable—even from a far. Will make a great addition. Palmsounds platform shifts have temporarily put me off a few times in the past. A CDMified version should work for a long long time. Great news, indeed.

  • Will

    Minor bit:

    … his expertise not in mobile music but in expanding accessibility for music, as well.

    Think you meant:

    … expertise not ^only in mobile music…

    and perhaps

    … expertise not ^only in mobile music but in expanding accessibility ^to music making as well.

  • Yuli Levtov

    Congratulations to all involved! Seems like a brilliant fit. Here’s to the next 13 years!

  • Dubby Labby

    Cool!

  • clik

    Hmm. Suddenly the cdm feed of which I was so fond, has become very, very cluttered. (Filter: exclude iOS)

    • viridisvir

      Ironically I’m most interested in iOS coverage, but a platform filter would be interesting.

  • Ville Väisänen

    This is really cool. I browse web mostly via smartphone, and gotta say that the mobile view is now 10x better and more readable than before, so thanks for that!

  • Already did so on Twitter, but wanted to chime in that this is a great combination.

  • I couldn’t think of a better home than cdm for palmsounds.. Congrats to them and congrats to you! Also.. congrats to us because we get the good stuff.