Wednesday 21 February 2018

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Niall Byrne

Irish music app developers are really attempting to grab a piece of the pie this year. Already in 2013, I've featured Irish-made apps like 45Sound, which improves fan concert videos with pristine audio recorded at the concert and WholeWorldBand, the collaborative A/V tool for musicians. And now there's another bloom of Irish-made music programs making a din in the crowded space.

Riffstation (riffstation.com) is a Windows/Mac tool that shows you the guitar chords of any song you run through it.

It was built by three Irish software developers who are also keen guitarists. Drop an audio file into the program and it will calculate the chords and display them in real-time. You can isolate the guitar in the mix, slow it down or change the pitch. It's a must-have for the many guitar nerds out there and if their plans to process YouTube videos the same way works out, Riffstation's technology could be everywhere.

Last Friday, an Irish app which already has famous fans in Stephen Fry and Apple's Steve Wozniak officially launched for iOs and Android devices and has been riding high in the free app charts ever since.

Soundwave (soundwave.com) is a free app that tracks the music you're listening to on your mobile devices via the music app, Spotify or Rdio and shares that activity with your friends.

It's like Instagram for music or Last FM if it didn't stop innovating five years ago. Its stream of music listeners can be categorised by plays, ratings, shares and humdingers which are tracks chosen by users as their standout song of the moment. It's a similar idea to This Is My Jam in that regard.

The app also has an intriguing map-based feature – draw a circle around your neighbourhood and see what's popular and what the person down the road is listening to.

That data, if Soundwave hits critical mass, could be used to decide where artists should book tour dates or it could be sold to music and marketing companies eager to target geographical locations. It's an exciting time on the Irish music app front.

Irish Independent

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