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Noteflight: Every Musician’s Flex App

Posted by Sravan | October 10, 2008 .

For the musically illiterate, be sure to read this wiki entry. Music is written, using what are called notes. Not surprisingly, there are softwares for this too. Even though most musicians still write music in the traditional way, on paper like “old-fashioned” writers, today they are increasingly being saved and edited using music notation softwares. And now we have one such application using Flex.

Noteflight is a wonderful startup that intends to propel the technology of music writing softwares. The venture was started by Joe Berkovitz and a handful of software developers with a passion for music. It can be used to write and edit music, and share online.

Currently in its public beta 2 release, anybody with a thirst to explore music with more than their ears can sign up to use the online application. I encourage all composers, performers, music teachers and students to sign up, try, give feedback, and help make it better. Don’t worry; the “Terms of Use” explicitly guarantees every individual’s ownership of their content. (However, I advise you to go through their terms and privacy policy first.)

Noteflight Screenshot

The creation of new scores, browsing and playing shared scores is done using Flex. The online app loads fast enough. Overall, it has a very professional look and is also helpful and user-friendly enough for novices not to feel lost. Users can compile a title and a description about each new score, and start playing around. The note palette, the “Edit” and the “Score” menus make it easier to try variations in the score.

I advise curious folks who have never done anything remotely of this kind to first play some of the shared scores and try editing them. Directly writing a new score might be too tough to start and perchance turn you off quickly. And before going any further, be sure to check out this video overview.

I haven’t been able to realize the use of ‘Zoom’ feature at the lower right-hand corner of the website though.

I only have a very basic entry into classical music, but I hope to write something that I’m already familiar with this weekend. If I make any progress, I’ll be sure to share it with you. I’m also interested if any of you music lovers are willing to share something.

Unrelated: I appreciate that Noteflight doesn’t allow copy+paste while confirming passwords. This is a small and basic security measure which many tend to ignore.

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  1. Charles  October 10, 2008 11:03 am

    Just you know if do it again, I want to be either a musician or digital artiest. I’ll give three thumbs up if having a extra for startup like this only because it can help people like me easily entertaining my little dream. I don’t even care what’s the business model of such startups. I just love it.

  2. Sravan  October 10, 2008 6:54 pm

    Yes, Charles. Whether or not they work, which only time can tell, these startups have the quality of helping a set of passionate people further their dreams. Noble ventures. :)

    Coming to Noteflight, IMHO reaching musicians and getting them to try this out will be the biggest hurdle. While writers and artists are already using all kinds of softwares and even trying out new ones, musicians are still far behind.

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