Thursday, August 23, 2012

Week 17: Kickstarter Launched, Back-End Partner

Our Kickstarter has launched!  Please feel free to send us any feedback or ask any questions to best make use of your support.

Kickstarter: Thank You!

Our sincerest gratitude to everyone that helped out in creating the materials for the Kickstarter.  Tyrone Pham and Jason Pang were in charge of video and audio, respectively, in the production.  Mei Dean Francis personally drove awareness of the coming kickstarter while creating all images for the campaign.  Melissa Favela and Walter Garay offered themselves as actors for our video.

All of these individuals offered their efforts freely, with only a moment's notice.  Thank you.

The Network is in Sight

The future of the back-end is now in the hands of Caleb Crawford.  He has agreed to set up the parts that will store our users' music, account information, and the eventual leaderboard of songs that artists will rank.

We believe we'll have some form of the networked system running in a few months.  That's why the "badge" rewards on Kickstarter show a December 2012 date; backers will have a Kickstarter-specific badge on their accounts that will never be obtainable again.

Website Revamp

Say goodbye to beta signups and hello to the social media buttons you're used to!  Liederboard has been changed for a more aesthetically pleasing look and the ability for you to show us love through a single click.  We've also added pages describing the product, the team, and different ways to get us your valuable input.

... And the Beat Goes On...

It's been a while since our last update; no, we're not dead, but thanks to those of you asking in messages!  Obviously, putting together a Kickstarter is no trivial matter.  Robert is getting ready to go back to school.  Danny has been in talks with lawyers so we avoid legal entanglements with the network.

In terms of core development, we've put in time preparing toward practically every feature in the future -- including pitches and playback.  The way we encode our music should make your songs are quickly sent back and forth in our network while storing many, many notation devices such from accents to time signatures.  When you think about how these can be combined or changed even in a matter of measures, you can see how complicated an underlying, logical engine can be for music notation!

To that end..
  • Robert has been recording the different sounds for pitches himself, at home.
  • Danny has been implementing the song encoding that will be used all across the system.