If you think about it, in the last century we have seen great developments in the music industry.

New instruments have been created: the electric guitar, the synthesizer, the Haken Continuum, the Hang (which has been created in Switzerland, and not in Asia as many think), new iPad apps and who knows what else.

New ways to listen, buy and share music: Vinyl records, LPs, CDs, MP3s, Mini Disc, iPods, iTunes, Spotify and now even Facebook.

And yet, there is one area of music that has been completely ignored and untouched by any technological breakthrough in all these centuries since the music was invented: the way performers use sheet music.

You know those old and dusty musical scores that you have there, on the shelf next to you? Well, Chopin had the same, but it was the 1835. You live in 2011, don’t you think it’s time to move on?

Fortunately we now have Tonara’s new iPad application that 1) will display your sheet music 2) listen to which notes you are playing and 3) turning the page automatically at exactly the right moment.

The app supports polyphonic note recognition, can adjust to tempo, will ignore ambient noise, and it’s possible to set up multiple iPads with multiple instruments playing, and not have them interfere with each other.

If you were wondering how to read music notes on the iPad, now you have the answer.

You can visit the Tonara website and download their app (for free) from the App Store.

I tried the app myself and I can say that this is definitely the future of sheet music.

Or, as they say, “Music That Listens To You”.


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