As shown by Michael Gordon’s beautiful piece for two-by-fours “Timber”, great music can be made with anything. The tools are what you make of them. Thankfully you needn’t run to the hardware store to start your first masterpiece, your phone or tablet has all you’ll need. Handheld technology has led to a boom in the creation of affordable (mostly free) applications for phones and tablets, and below is a list of some of the best programs to get you started. This iOS-centric list is made of apps that cost no more than five dollars in the app store and though they may not all be available for non-Apple devices there are sure to be similar offerings.