Oct 15, 2010

There's an app for that.

Graduate students at ASU's Hergberger Institute have developed a mobile application designed to help choreographers or other performing artists working without assistant--and without pencil and paper. Still in prototype, the long term goal of the developers is to build a wider software platform for facilitating rehearsals in the performing arts.

Rehearsal Assistant for the Android mobile phone platform is a voice / sound recording utility with two modes of operation:

  • Session Mode organizes recordings into sessions with time-stamps, making it useful for recording  thoughts and observations during an event. If you are a choreographer or director watching a rehearsal, you can use the app to record your notes to share later with the cast.
  • Simple Mode - easy recording and playback of sound files. If you are a musician or writer, it can help you record and remember your spontaneous moments of inspiration.

One the great features of this application is its integration with SoundCloud, which has made the app popular with musicians. It's also one of the only apps that offers uncompressed sound capture.

The video below shows the prototype in action. Currently, only the Android app is available. The rest of the system, including integration with video, is still in development.

 To date, the Open Source app has been downloaded over 60,000 times. Free at Urban Stew.


Tags: apps, soundcloud, android

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TECHNOLOGY: Video Presentations