Musicians live by using sheet music. The paper copies must move to digital devices. The Flat Screen TV could replace the music stand but certain barriers are still in place. John Goodstadt from UK has developed iPad app called ‘AudioScores’ intended to remove these barriers. This is not a trivial App but a fully functional and usable piece of software that could be used in any country in the world by any music teacher, student, soloist, pro orchestral musician, amateur musician, beginner violinist, school child, conductor, instrumentalist etc.
At present, the project has raised 6.00 pounds of planned 19.500. The crowdfunding campaign on KickStarter has started on February 26 and will end on March 28, 2013.
John is a musician and iPad developer. He has worked in software development for 20 years. A full IT history can be found on LinkedIn. His degree was in music at Birmingham Conservatoire UK. John played professionally, for an Opera orchestra, in Italy for 2 years in the 80’s. In the late eighties he then changed into software programming.
What is the Aim – Social
Jonh, with some friends, are compelled to join up the worldwide community of musicians together. Sharing sheet music from mobiles is the aim. He want to keep the App free for download to encourage as many musicians as possible to benefit from the network effects of mobile sharing. They could do for sheet music what Apple did for the mp3.
- JIM is a violin teacher and he has a pupil – Jane. He wants to give Jane a short study to practi?e for the next week. Jim photos her copy with his iPad, with pencil notations attached, in to AudioScores. He sends this directly to Jane’s iPad for her to use on her own music stand that week.
- DAWN is a classroom music teacher. She can wirelessly play the exam set piece – Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – plus matching score to her class on the Interactive white board. The score will highlight the current bar and automatically turn the pages of the score. This will help students to score read.
- TOM is a clarinetist who has a concert on Saturday. He will not see the music till the concert day. He can download the clarinet part, in seconds ,from the internet, to practise before the show.
- JANET is 18, at music college and plays the flute. She is preparing for a recital which is part of her degree. She gets 2 rehearsals, before her performance, with the pianist that will accompany her. She can now use AudioScores to use a ‘Play Along’ track at any time – so that she can get used to playing with others.
- PETER is a popular conductor who conducts with many orchestras. He needs to study all the time. On a train journey he does not need to take seven scores. They are all in AudioScores, in a smooth pageable, zoomable format, with bookmarks and Peter’s own annotations.
- SARAH is a violinist and is studying Bach. She can watch Itzhak Perlman play inperformance on video, in AudioScores, on an iPad or a TV matched side by side with the sheet music, and learn from the master.
- AudioScores could also hold publishers’ catalogues – so that the user could download a music score directly from the publisher.
PLAY A SCORE ON A TV
PHOTO A SCORE, ATTACH AUDIO AND PLAY
PLAY A VIDEO WITH MATCHING SCORE ON TV
PLAY A VIDEO WITH MATCHING SCORE ON iPAD
Two page landscape on an iPad mini
Risks and challenges
Copyright issues: AudioScores might be already a reserved name – John already own the DNS name AudioScores.co.uk. Transferring Photoed sheet music and sending to another’s mobile device might have copyright implications. It is feasible to send audio also from device to device but this certainly would infringe iTunes copyright. Self made audio could be transferred with the score images.