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Play your drawings with TuneTrace

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In times gone by, pictograms formed much of human language. The ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphs, picture representing words and ideas. As the centuries passed, humanity started to make language more abstract. Rather than a literal picture of a cat, they came up with agreed ways that certain symbols could represent the same thing and that's how CAT came to be. In the dawn of computers, humans used symbols to tell the machines what to do. "LET X= 1.0" told the electronics to set up a place in its memory called X and fill that slot with the number 1.0. The computer would then dutifully comply; X was 1.0 until it was told otherwise. The idea of using a special language to control what a computer does isn't new; musicians have been using something similar to control orchestras. The musical score, all those funny looking symbols on those long lines, told the players what notes to strike, when and for how long. From simple graphical language music was born and could be transferred so others could play and enjoy.

Tunetrace turns your doodle into music

But what if you had the chance to make up your own computer language, a way to tell a machine what to do, like how to play a tune. Enter TuneTrace, a smartphone app that lets you explore this in a fun and easy way. TuneTrace takes a line drawing, analyses it and turns your doodle into music. This free app gives you a chance to explore your own musical creativity but also to come up with a way to express your creativity by simply making a drawing. You can share your drawing with others, who can add their own bits and make even more music.

So what will you draw and how will it sound, why not give it a go? Download it from the App Store for free and try it!