A team of music researchers based in Sweden have developed a novel app to instantly transcribe a tune either sung or played into sheet music. This seems an useful tool for noting down shower time compositions. More importantly I’m sure major music vendors will be kicking down the door to create the next hum it play it tech. ScoreCleaner Notes uses the device microphone to listen to the melody, very little user interaction is required other than pressing record. The written music can be shared via social media or through email.
The app has been developed by computer engineer Sven Emtell, Sven Ahlbäck and a team from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Here the ScoreCleaner technology was developed. A Sound analysis function was developed based on how people interpret music.
To help ScoreCleaner Notes understand you a few rules are required. Single notes must be sung at a time – no harmonies. No lyrics or ornaments. Keep the tempo straight and low. Keep the phone a reasonable distance away don’t use it as a mic.
Several features are included:
• No presets or click-track required
• Intelligent interpretation of pitch, time signature, rhythm & meter, and tempo directly from monophonic audio input
• Displays your monophonic input in standard notation
• In-App and cloud-based storage of your songs
• Works with a wide range of musical instruments
• Playback with MIDI piano sound or the original recording
• Designed for recording also in noisy environment
• No limitations with regards to musical style – ScoreCleaner Notes can track composite meters, syncopation, free rhythm etc
• Share your song with your friends by email, Twitter or Facebook (iOS 6) for anyone to view and listen to in a web browser
• Save up to four songs in your Song Archive. Sign up for a ScoreCleaner Cloud account to save an unlimited number of songs in the cloud and on your iOS device
• Sign up for a ScoreCleaner Cloud account to synchronize your songs with ScoreCleaner Desktop on your computer in order to edit and arrange them
There is also a comprehensive desktop version which can understand and transcribe not only simple melodies that are played or sung by the user, but also polyphonic tuned. The software can automatically write out the music with pitch and note values. It relies upon a midi synthesiser being connected to the computer.
If users already understand music notation the software offers a simple interface to navigate different compositions with each piece being represented by the first few notes.
The app is being sold by Emtell and Ahlback’s company DoReMIR and is currently only available on iOS.