Niclas Tamas is an iOS music pioneer and composer of electronic music in various styles. Since 2009 he has been in the forefront of iOS music.
Born in Sweden 1964 and of Hungarian decent. He started to play the piano at 4 and treble recorder at 7. He pursued his musical career until he was 20 playing and performing piano music mainly by Beethoven, Satie and Chopin. He gave up his career due to panic stage fright.
He moved to Uppsala for university studies in 1985. After 10 years and two degrees in the Humanities he followed up on his long term interest in computers and worked as a programmer and system analyst at various computer companies until 2003.
After a total shift in life in 2006 he pursued a minor successful career in writing (short stories and novels) using his PalmPilot in the cab writing between assignments. He applies the same methodology with his music. iOS music is at its core the freedom of space, time and mobility.
In 2009 he got his first iPhone and started to make music again after a 20 year break. Using the app iSequence he released what is probably the first album entirely composed, mixed and produced on an iPhone on the 31st of October 2010. Last Train to Vienna was followed by three albums made the same way.
In 2011 he started to work on the electronic suite Pieces of Life. It was concluded in August 2013 with the release of Morphogenetic Fields. Pieces of Life comprises of five parts with a playing time of over three hours, entirely composed, mixed and produced on his iPhone. Pieces of Life can be found here.
Since November 2012 he worked with Gestrument to compose, play and record his compositions. In 2013 he released two orchestral Gestrument pieces, Emoticons (September 2013) and The Deamons of Apel Street (December 2013).
In the spring of 2014 he wrote three piano pieces for Gestrument called Téli estéken (Winter evenings). The three piano improvisations uses only the controls in the gridbased app Gestrument. He continued using Gestrument along other apps for five pieces of improvised ambient music.
In September 2014 he suffered a severe stroke. He is still recovering but started to compose music again in the spring of 2015. The Fantasia for two Orchestras are together with Departures the latest pieces to be published.
Due to the stroke he now works with other challenges than just the technical and creative side of music. But he has found new ways of composing and exploring as one of the original iOS-music pioneers.
His Creative Diary from 2012-2016 will be published on this site in blog format. It was run as an e-mail newsletter from 2013-2016. At present it’s published as public posts on his FaceBook wall and in various Facebook groups.
At the moment (summer 2016) he is busy composing a string quartet for Gestrument and Borderlands since December 2015.
Apart from being a film buff he enjoys playing MarioKart, cooking, going to the gym, long forest wanderings and riding trams in Budapest.
Niclas Tamas presently resides in Sweden.