The description of Melody Triangle
The Melody Triangle is a fun, easy to use app that lets you (and a clever bit of artificial intelligence) make your own music on your mobile phone. By simply dragging tokens around the Triangle on screen, different melodies are composed. Choose between piano, drums and bass, as well as different rhythms, and combine these to make novel, interesting musical textures! You can share your favourite songs, and listen to the music that other users of the app, anywhere in the world, have been making.
You don't need to be a musician to make good music! Why not try it today?
This app is also a research tool to help understand the relationship between mathematics and music. You, (yes you!) can help this research simply by using the app to make music, and whenever you hear something that you like, press the 'like' button! You can see other user's 'likes' and league tables of most liked songs on melodytriangle.eecs.qmul.ac.uk, can you make it to the top of the charts?
The Melody Triangle is an output of the Information Dynamics of Music project (www.idyom.org). Information dynamics involves studying several different kinds of predictability in musical patterns, how we as human listeners might perceive these, and how they shape or affect the listening experience. For example, if the music is very easy to predict after a short period of listening, are we more likely to find it boring? Is there a link between difficulty in prediction and musical tension? This research has led to the development of the Melody Triangle interface, and we hope you find it both fun and informative!
The Melody Triangle was developed by QApps and supported by impactQM. It is based on research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the Centre for Digital Music(C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London (www.elec.qmul.ac.uk/digitalmusic/)
More information on the melody triangle, and other great apps by the QApps team can be found at http://www.qappsonline.com/
INTERNET CONNECTION PERMISSION
This is so that the 'liked' settings can be uploaded to a server at Queen Mary University of London. 'Liked' settings collected from users all over the world will be analysed for our research. We do not store any identifying information, except for an optional username. Liked settings become available to other users of the app. More info, including the 'Top Composers Chart' of most prolific users, can be seen at melodytriangle.eecs.qmul.ac.uk.
We ask to use your current location so that we can make comparisions between the musical tastes of people in different countries. For instance, do people from South America like more complicated rhythms than Europeans? The app gives us a unique opportunity to get insights on cultural trends with relation to our research models.