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Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon use iPad to beatbox rather well

Technically Incorrect: All you need to create beautiful music is a star, a talk show host and a little tablet. Can you swallow that?

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Their focus on the iPad was exceptional. The Tonight Show/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Creating beautiful music is now in the hands of technologists who find pretty people and then make them sound good.

However, now that much of that technology has been handed to the masses, it's still possible to make awful music too.

So when I heard that Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon were to use a little iPad app to create their own beautiful duet, I wondered whether this was wise.

For once, my worries were misplaced. The two laid down beats with an evenhanded artistry that produced remarkably tolerable results.

They decided to perform their version of "It Takes Two," the late '80s hit originally created by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock.

Last year, Fallon and Bill Joel managed to also create fine music using an iPad. But I feared that equating Will Smith's abilities with Joel's is like comparing the New England Patriots with, oh, the San Jose Sharks.

Yet here was something that bordered on the elegantly joyous.

While you're enjoying the music (or not), please consider what scientific (or even Scientological) methods Will Smith is using in order to look 30, when he's officially 46. (I bet he's 52.)

Is there an iPad app that can achieve that too?