Sunday, June 16, 2013

Smartphone app turns tone deaf into music makers

Even the most unmusical - or tone deaf - person can feel like an accomplished composer with the development of a groundbreaking app from Swedish company, Dorimer Music Research.
The smartphone app, ScoreCleaner Notes, is the brainchild of Sven Emtel, a sound engineer at Stockholm's Royal Institute of Technology, and Swedish folk musician, Sven Ahlbäck.
Bringing music and technology together
Some have called it a marriage of music and technology. The app let's users sing or whistle into their smartphone and have the tune come out perfectly pitched… that is, pitched corrected. All you have to do is make sure you whistle in single, monophonic tones. The app records your voice and turns the melody into a musical score.
The smartphone app records a user's voice and writes the score
Ahlbäck says the app "takes the sounds you sing and transforms them. It identifies pitches when you sing or even when you talk and then tries to analyze this."
Screenshot ScoreCleaner Notes App Smartphone 
It means that non-musicians can sing or hum a tune, have it corrected by the app, and then relay that "perfect music" to another person who can read the music and perform it. The app converts what it hears into notes and displays them on the smartphone screen, just as you would find in sheet music, says Ahlbäck.
"You could put the smartphone on a music stand and let someone else play it. I could send it to a friend in Australia or Japan and they could instantly perform it," says Ahlbäck.
The app uses cognitive technology – meaning, it detects and analyzes patterns in the sounds your produce, and it uses that data to eliminate any errors.

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