There is a long tradition of singing hymns in four part harmony; it is quickly dying away. Our purpose here is to make it fun and easy for people to come and learn how to sing these hymns in parts again. It's actually not a hard skill to develop and with a little effort the tradition can be revitalized before it dies away.
But we don't want to limit this to religion. National anthems, old folk songs, and other music should be included in this project too (i.e. Jingle Bells, O Canada, etc). And we plan to do this through sponsorships.
Here are some of the features we plan to put into the app:
-An app that can isolate each part (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) so that people can easily learn a part individually.
-Traditional music notation for those who read music. Those who don’t can quickly learn.
-Each part will be mutable. The user can implement a variety of methods to master the music.
-Adjust the tempo at any time while practicing–even in the middle of a song.
-Pause, rewind, and retry a segment you just can’t get.
-Efficient programming that uses the same sounds for each song.
This will take up as little space on your phone as possible. –Option of vocal synths and/or piano sounds.
-Clean distraction-free design.
-75 songs already lined up before sponsorships.
-15 free songs (Including Amazing Grace, It Is Well with My Soul, and other popular tunes).
Unlocking all songs will be a small, one-time in app purchase.
-Available for Android and iPhone.
With this app, when people get together to sing songs, whether it be Easter, Christmas, or an event where you sing a national anthem, they will all know their part and sing beautifully.
This is a link to the home page for the project. On the right sidebar is a list of the songs that have already been put onto the website. Try learning a song or two and you will see how effortlessly you yourself can learn a part using the embedded videos (even if you're not a musician). Imagine how useful a tool like this will be as an app!
We want this to be ad free. The software we are using requires a $299 fee in order to release apps without the ads. If funded, we'll be able to release this app without ads, include the most popular songs for free, and include any other public domain songs through the $25 sponsorships.
Risks and challenges
We have made several apps already, and we are getting the hang of it. However, we haven't yet made an app that isn't supposed to be a game. The challenge here is breaking into some new territory and making something a little different than what we've made before. But between the two of us (my partner, Zach and I) we should be able to overcome any potential unforeseen problems. I (Caleb) am a master of music and know my way around a lot of tech stuff. Zach knows computers like I know music and isn't too bad at the music thing himself. This will be no problem for us.
Take a look at what we've done so far, and you'll see what I mean: http://calebhugo.com/musical-games-interact-with-sound/Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)