Listening for Music

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Scalar for Android!
I got a lot of requests to bring Scalar (the ear training app for creative musicians) to Android. I am so happy to announce that it is now available on the Google Play store: Scalar for Android. It is almost at feature parity with the iOS version. Interactive scale syllabus, David Baker’s famous ear training … Continue reading "Scalar for Android!"

iPad support for Scalar and JazzEars
Sure, you could just installed the iPhone version on your shiny, new iPad…but that’s not as much fun as having full support for iPad. So, with a few tweaks to the custom layout code we use – viola! Scalar and JazzEars are now universal iOS apps. We also added some usability improvements while we were … Continue reading "iPad support for Scalar and JazzEars"

JazzEars app updates
Jazz Ears is designed to assist with ear training for improvising musicians. This app lets you interact with chords and scales in unique ways. Dual Chord Mode places two chords next to one another. This approach can be very helpful in navigating between chords. In some cases you might focus on the common tones between … Continue reading "JazzEars app updates"

Scalar relaunches as an ear training app!
A few years ago I released Scale Syllabus, an app for browsing scales. It was one of the first apps I ever wrote. Pat Harbison, professor at Indiana University and long-time friend, suggested I release an app using David Baker’s famous ear training exercises. Excellent idea! And an excellent reason to bring Scale Syllabus into … Continue reading "Scalar relaunches as an ear training app!"

Chord Rotator v2!
I’ve been upgrading the audio engine under the Chord Rotator app. I think this version is a lot better (far less latency!) and cleaner (dig the new UI!). This version dropped the “follow” pitch shifter in favor of three “real” rotators. The un-effected signal can be mixed via the Mix Balance knob. The three rotators … Continue reading "Chord Rotator v2!"

Listening for Music! And other things
Up until right now, I’ve been rather quiet about all my ventures. I have tended to talk to music people about music, software people about s0ftware but rarely crossed those paths. In my life, those paths converge and diverge on a daily basis. So why not write about it? It could be interesting to those … Continue reading "Listening for Music! And other things"

Sharing Parts with Musicians
From my experience, sharing parts (primarily PDFs) with musicians is tedious. Sure, you can simply generate PDFs from your notation software, attach them to an email and move on. Or sync them to Dropbox. Or send them via one of those FTP-like services (perhaps YouSendIt). The challenge for me has always been how to keep … Continue reading "Sharing Parts with Musicians"

Backup Basic for Musicians
Ho hum. Backup? What, me worry?The challenge we all face is that the computer hard drive is the most unreliable piece of hardware there is. Sure, SSDs are about to change that but still there is a gamble with storing your precious music in digital form. Heck, there’s a gamble when storing in any medium: … Continue reading "Backup Basic for Musicians" Overview
Here’s how it all works together lets composers/musicians store their scores and parts in the “Cloud” (aka a secure web server using state of the art technology) and share them effortlessly with others. The simplest way to share parts with musicians in your ensembles is via the apps we’ve developed for iOS and Android. … Continue reading " Overview"

Copyist. is launching soon!
This is exciting! is launching soon! Please visit us at to check out the latest developments!I started this project because I was frustrated with the existing ways to share music (primarily PDFs) with musicians. Previously, it’s been a chaotic, manual chore to deal with e-mail attachment, Dropbox and FTP-like services.It was bad enough just … Continue reading "Copyist. is launching soon!"