DIT lecturer’s app for fans of Irish traditional music features in Sunday Times Top 20


29th April 2010

Tunepal, the find-by-playing search engine app for traditional music developed by DIT School of Computing lecturer Dr Bryan Duggan, has recently been listed in the top twenty cultural apps available for the iPhone by the Sunday Times.  Tunepal was listed alongside apps such as Shazam, Spotify, the RTE app and the British Museum app.

Tunepal.org was built by Dr. Duggan as a query-by-playing search engine for traditional dance tunes, and incorporates a database of over 12,000 traditional Irish, Scots, Welsh and Breton tunes.

To find a tune, musicians play an extract on a traditional instrument such as the tin-whistle, flute, accordion or uilleann pipes into the microphone on their iPhones.  Tunepal then returns the top ten matching melodies.   

Tunepal can play tunes, transpose and adjust the tempo in addition to emailing tunes and posting updates to the users facebook page. Tunepal also incorporates a unique geotagging feature that makes use of the iPhone's built in GPS to track the user’s tagged tunes on a map.

Since being launched in February, Tunepal has been used by musicians around the world to search for over two thousand tunes. For more information see: http://tunepal.org

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