With the COVID-19 pandemic, music was one of the areas that suffered the most, mainly because people had to stay locked up in their homes without the possibility of attending concerts, rehearsals, or face-to-face music classes. In this way, the industry was somewhat stagnant for a while.
A little later, everything went virtual. In place of concerts, we began to see a lot of audiovisual content from different musicians on social networks, with several doing live broadcasts while performing old and new songs from the comfort of their home. And, on the other hand, face-to-face classes and some ensembles were moved to an online format.
However, there was a musician —Matthew Garrison, son of Jimmy Garrison (bassist for John Coltrane)— who wanted to include all this in a single mobile application: TuneBend, released in February. It is available for macOS and iOS through the app store.
It is a tool for musicians and content creators that promotes music creation and education from scratch, providing a platform for musicians to record, learn, collaborate and connect with new audiences around the world.
For example, if you’re a beginning saxophonist who wants to learn to play a jazz standard, a bassist who wants to mix tracks, or a rock band looking to audition their next guitarist, TuneBend can help you connect with the music, the artists, and the audience. information you need, as well as expose yourself to new audiences and professional opportunities.
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Designed for all skill levels, the app hosts an accessible and interactive music environment with unique opportunities for musicians to meet and grow.
Specifically, with TuneBend you can:
- Create music with single or multiple instruments, allowing you to add your own compositions to reimagine any melody.
- See, learn and play original compositions and standards with some of the best musicians in the world.
- View sheet music, learn artist facts, and get exclusive tutorials and tips from professional musicians and music teachers alike.
- Collaborate with other musicians or invite them to play with you, as well as share your compositions and practice pieces with others on the platform.
In addition to being a jazz bassist, Garrison is also a self-taught programmer. He worked on the app while participating in the Apple Entrepreneur Camp for Black Founders and Developers inaugural in 2021.
In 2010, the musician founded ShapeShifter Productions with Fortuna Sung, which in 2021 became ShapeShifter Lab Productions, adding Jonathan Lott and Massimo Biolcati.
Their goal was to be a technology-driven music production company focused on developing innovative ways to present music and creating easy-to-use software that simplifies the creative process in music collaborations.
Thus, in June 2021, the company’s first application was born under the name “Matt Garrison”, which was inspired by the musician’s need to explore their compositions without being restricted to a fixed instrumental configuration.
Finally, in February 2022, TuneBend arrived, hoping to help musicians record, perform, and collaborate with anyone, anywhere.