Tunetrace Review

Tunetrace Review

Tunetrace Review

Transform your real-world paper drawings into music using Tunetrace on iOS

A unique idea and the product of a BAFTA-winning developer called Ed Burton who works at Queen Mary, University of London: Tunetrace allows you to draw images on paper with a pen, pencil or whatever you wish to use, photograph the result and turn it into a piece of music. There is a lot of fun to be had working out what kinds of drawings produce certain results and the kinds of sounds they will elicit. You can also manipulate the tune to some degree by slowing it down, moving forward and pausing it when you wish. By flipping the screen upside down, you can see what the doodle looks like through the “eyes” of Tunetrace and work out what is happening and why.

Although the app won’t be something you sit and play around with for days, it is one of those great thinking applications that not only prompts you to want to show other people but gets you fully involved. The process isn’t always the fastest – you have to take the photo and then wait for the app to interpret it before you get to appreciate the sound it can make – but it is always rather intriguing.

As the product of research and a lesson in “seeing” music in a different way, you will undoubtedly be enthralled by Tunetrace and be sharing your best creations with friends. Some apps need to be downloaded just for the experience – and this is one of them.

Rated 5 out of 5

Tunetrace is one of those outside-the-box gems that everyone will want to try.