Case: Musiclock mobile app
Tasks: UX design, iOS implementation
Musiclock is an answer to a problem sure to be familiar with many more or less active musician: playing itself is great fun, but when it comes to learning music theory and scales, the hobby starts feeling more like a chore. For the 18-year-old Perttu Pölönen, the methods in which music theory was taught had always felt a bit weird. It was not that the concepts themselves were overtly difficult: they were simply explained in needlessly complex manner and, worse still, often without an apparent practical connection. Music theory had become a boogie man that scared off both classically trained musicians and rock ‘n’ rollers alike.
Thinking this, Pölönen had his heureka moment. There are only 12 notes that any scale in the world can include. What would happen if you placed those notes on a clock face?
Based on this idea Pölönen ended up giving birth to Musiclock, a tool with which one can easily visualise, understand and remember all musical scales and their modes. The simple, yet brilliant idea instantly gained momentum: Pölönen won the first price in the 2013 European Union Contest for Young Scientists and was also named as the most creative Finn at the 2014 Slush startup event.