Musiclock is a groundbreaking tool that makes it easy for anyone to grasp the basics of musical scales.
Learning to play an instrument is great fun. However, many aspiring musicians feel intimidated by music theory – especially scales. Perttu Pölönen, a student at the Sibelius Academy in Finland came up with a solution. Musiclock is learning tool that helps to visualise, understand and experiment with all musical scales and their modes.
At first, Musiclock came to life as a physical prototype. The brilliant idea instantly gained momentum: Pölönen won the first price at the 2013 European Union Contest for Young Scientists and was also named the most creative Finn at the 2014 Slush startup event.
Together with his brother, Pölönen started a company around his invention. The brothers joined forces with seed investor company Koppicatch, and after careful consideration, Taiste was chosen to design and develop the product into a mobile app.
The UI consists of not only the playable clock itself, but also features an interactive keyboard that highlights the notes that belong to the scale currently on display. The user can also play backing tracks and transpose them in real time to any key she wants to practice.
The visual style of the UI was built around the idea of finding fitting colors to represent the mood of different scales: for example, selecting the Major scale turns the dominant colour to cheery yellow whereas the Blues scale is, of course, blue.
App Development Meets Music Theory
Building the basic mechanics of the clock, keyboard and backing tracks required a deep understanding of music theory from the developer.
Luckily for us, all our team members happened to be either musicians or music enthusiasts themselves. Communication-wise, it was easy to hit the right notes (excuse the pun) from the get-go.
Taking over the World
Musiclock was met with high praise from the users and critics alike. In 2017, the app won the main prize of the Expressing category at the prestigious Interaction Awards in New York. It was also a finalist at the 2017 UX Awards in Palo Alto, CA.
It seems that Musiclock might just revolutionise the way music theory is being taught. It has truly been a joy to be a part of that journey.
Perttu PölönenCreative DirectorPerTunes"
It would have been easy to find a partner who would have approached implementing our idea as just another assembly line work. With Taiste however, there was a good vibe from the very start: we felt they were on the same wavelength with us. Working together has been both smooth and flexible.
Mikko HarjuTechnology DirectorTaiste"
The brilliant idea behind Musiclock very much resonated with the whole company, since we're all either musicians or music enthusiasts. Getting the implementation right was highly important, because building the app's engine required a great deal of knowledge of music theory. Working with the client has been a great pleasure and the finished product truly feels like it's ready to conquer the world.