The SonoGraphx project is turning out to be quite different from what I had first envisioned. My initial 2005 UI sketch was about keeping all my song ideas in one place:
I coded a prototype only to realize that while it looked good, it was totally unpractical, and therefore useless:
The problem is that in real life, most of my songwriting time is spent capturing organizing my ideas. Then, when I have enough ideas, I sit down and try turning them into finished songs. These two tasks are quite different and cannot be addressed with the same interface.
A little informal survey confirmed to me that I wasn’t the only one working in that fashion. Indeed, this is how most songwriters work: we all carry a notebook or a portable audio recorder to capture ideas immediately.
With this in mind, I rewrote the prototype to operate in two “spaces” Ideas space and Songs space. In Ideas space, all I want is to accumulate ideas into little “piles” that I can then select and bang into complete songs in Songs space.
Here’s Ideas space:
Here’s Song space:
Stay tuned for future developments….