MuseX is an app that utilizes the user’s voice as an instrument to create layered musical tracks.
Though everyone listens to music, few know how to actually construct a song. Some people think you have to master a musical instrument – like the piano – or learn complicated software in order to be able to create music. With new technology at our fingertips, it’s time to democratize the music making process. With MuseX, making music is no longer limited to composers or musicians.
MuseX works by breaking down songs into layered tracks, which the user can edit or add to simply by humming along. Users record their voice, then convert the track to a selected musical instrument. Multiple tracks layered together form a song. The user may start from scratch or select from a wide range of ready-made songs, which they can freely edit. MuseX provides an end-to-end experience – from listening to a favorite track to creating your own masterpiece – and brings the joy of music making into the hands of people everywhere.
SVA MFA Senior Thesis (Individual)
I have played musical instruments since I was very young, not professionally, just for fun. In my daily life I enjoy listening to music and I always hum along with the music I listen to. I usually think about creating a piece of music just like it. But I always give up immediately, because I am neither a musician nor a composer...
In order to learn more about the current experience of making music. I did some research on the current products in the market:
I find that people like playing music games like guitar hero or Patatap. But playing this kind of game is just for fun which doesn’t help users to learn that much about music. And music production software called Digital Audio Workstation is not easy to use.
The target users I focus on are the beginners who want to make music but are neither musicians nor composers.
Interviewed my friends:
They said they like listening to music but making music is difficult for them, they thought about it but they gave up because they didn’t know much about music theory, Even though some of them can play musical instruments a little, they are not professionals and their skills are not enough for creating a song from nothing. The learning process is hard and boring, which gives them no sense of achievability, so they gave up in a short time.
The target users have something in common, that is they listen to music all the time. So they might experience a feeling of inspiration when they are listening to music. They perhaps will want to make a song just like what they are listening to. From the queations asked online, we can obviously see that sometimes they have a melody in their mind so they want to make that melody into a fatastic song. But the problem is they don’t know how? Making music is like a privilege in the professional musician sphere, because they don’t know how to play musical instrument or cannot play very well. And using music making software is complicated for them. It will make people give up soon if it takes too much time to figure out how to use it.
For beginners and amateurs, like myself, it’s difficult to create music because some of us might not have any musical inspiration, or we might not play musical instruments very well, and the music-making software is so complicated and frustrating to use. But because of these limitations, beginners end up losing enthusiasm and interest.
Everyone has the right to be creative! I believe that making our own music should not be limited by lack of easy access.
Guide them to make the first move, give them easier access to music-making approach!
I read articles that talk about what is a good way to help people who want to make music but have zero professional musical knowledge? Based on the research i did, one way to learn how to write melodies is to analyze and deconstruct existing melodies. You can find a lot of midi files online and import them in your music making software in order to analyze them. Also you can reedit that midi file.
And at the same time I was also thinking about the other experience like drawing.
If you want to draw a picture but you don’t know how to do it. The easiest way is to put another picture under your sketch paper. So you can start from tracing. In that way you can draw out exactly the same picture or you can add some personalized change if you want. After a while, you can start to draw your own picture.
“It is probable that the first musical instrument was the human voice itself, which can make a vast array of sounds, from singing, humming and whistling through to clicking, coughing and yawning.”
Since I knew there are some singing apps which can sense if people singing the right note, I think maybe I can use this kind of technology to include human voice into the music making process, to help improve the experience.
Is there some technology can convert voice to midi file so that we can edit it to di erent musical instrument sounds?
I found there are some similar products in current market, for understanding it better I made this Competitior Chart. It seems like some of them require DAW, the only one which doesn’t require DAW gives very unclear instructions.
Muse X is an app that uses our voice as an instrument to create layered musical tracks. It is an integrated and immersive experience which combines music-listening and music-making. Users can record their own voice and convert it to different sounds of musical instruments.
Thank my classmate Jess to suggest me this fantastic name!
After I did user test, I got some feedback like “It is looks good design, but I can not figure out what this di erent line mean?” “Some icon looks a little bit confusing” “Where to change the instrument?”...