SongCatcher founder Christopher Bull has designed an app to help the creative process of songwriting. Supplied photo
A former Dunedin student has released an app to help
musicians write music.
The application, called SongCatcher, allows musicians to get
online feedback about their songs from peers.
Users upload their songs using the application and then send
invitations to people they want to listen to their work.
These people then post comments about the work and how it
could be improved.
SongCatcher makes it easy to continually upload versions of
the song as constructive comments are taken on board and
changes are made. Users pay a $40 annual subscription to use
SongCatcher founder Christopher Bull came up with the idea
while he was studying music, communications and commerce at
the University of Otago.
''I was writing a lot [of songs] and I wanted to get feedback
on what what I was doing,'' he said.
Traditionally musicians used sites such as Megaupload, or
applications like email or Dropbox to garner feedback but the
process was not easy.
Mr Bull focused on developing SongCatcher in September last
year and it was released in November.
Since then he has made several improvements to the
application and has invited local musicians to test it.
While there were many services available to musicians to
promote their music once it was complete, SongCatcher focused
on helping during the creative process, Mr Bull said.
At this stage, the app was very much a tool.
Mr Bull said he had received positive feedback from musicians
who found SongCatcher useful even before he improved it.
While he was in the final years of his course, Mr Bull became
involved in the Distiller, a cluster of Dunedin technology
entrepreneurs, which he heard about through the Audacious
student business advisory group.
Being surrounded by a group of creative people working on
ideas was helpful for him when developing his own ideas, he
- by Jonathan Chilton-Towle