MUSIC ASSISTANCE

I.

OVERVIEW

Music is an efficient way of communication. Any video without the background music sounds empty and fails to entice its audience. There are a myriad of platforms for searching, listening to and downloading music and on the other hand, we have entirely different range of systems to check and apply the music to the video. Recording is yet another story.

Subtle Chimes addresses the above issue by bringing the collection of music tracks, recorder and the feature of video editing under one umbrella. This app is for anyone who wants to promote a video by adding soundtrack or simply listen to or record music.

 

II.

INSPIRATION

To create this entirely new package for music lovers, I have studied how different applications and  websites work. I could analyse the flow of user to decide the background tracks for a video and to record the live compositions. A competitive analysis of existing technology landscapes as well as analogous experiences were compiled as a source of shared knowledge and inspiration for the further ideation.

 
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DEFINING USERS

Generation Z was considered as the prime user group while designing this project as generation Z and the late millennial are the major sections of the people who use smartphones for many activities.

 

SOME OF THE USER STATEMENTS

 

III.

ANALYSIS

PAIN POINTS RELATED TO CURRENT PLATFORMS

  • Time consuming audio overlapping process

  • Not inclusive

  • Recording quality

  • Ease of finding the music

  • All types of music are not included

  • Difficult to find instrument specific soundtracks

  • Limitations of the effects

  • Tempo variation not applicable

  • Less number of free scores

  • Option of saving in various file formats

 

IV.

IDEATION

SYNTHESIS

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Unique interactions

  • User centered results for sound tracks

  •  Record live facility to create and add own compositions

  •  Time saving 'check with the video' functionality

 

V.

VISUAL IDENTITY

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TYPOGRAPHY

Tenali Ramakrishna

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HIGH FIDELITY MOCK-UPS

Various Login options for existing users and Join button to create new account.

Discover menu has an interactive filter wheel to categorize soundtracks by genre, mood and instruments. Results will appear based on the user selection.

 

User can listen to music from the results, share it with friends or add to collection if required.

In the profile menu, user can find all the music collections as well as the previous work or playlists in the albums.

 

Edit screen contains different effect options, tempo variation facility and volume control bar. User can share edited soundtrack with other people.

Test with video screen has a window to browse the video file saved in phone. Length of the audio can be adjusted as per user's choice. Edited work will be saved in the Albums in Profile menu.

 
 

Recorder for live recording function.

 
 

VIDEO PROTOTYPE

 

VI.

SUMMARY

This project helped me understand how to optimize the functions to reduce user's cognitive load. Intuitive and interactive interface was the result of this learning. Defining users made the complexity level of the app clearer as the tech savvy users have been targeted. Subtle chimes is a perfect package for all the audio related tasks. I was successful in engaging so many people in this project to receive a valuable feedback at every step. My interest in music was the most important driving force behind this mellifluous experience.