Our mission is to help the recovery of stroke patients by providing them with Musical Braces, a MusiMoto iOS app and a therapeutic technique for learning and mastering the art of playing any MIDI musical instrument in a seemingly natural way.
Playing a musical instrument is the brain equivalent of a full-body workout. Unlike other brain-training activities like chess and sudoku, playing an instrument recruits almost every part of the brain, including regions that process vision, sound, movement, and memory.
MusiMoto is a SW+HW system designed to empower anyone who likes playing MIDI musical instruments to do it while walking, jogging, riding, skating and even dancing. In addition MusiMoto is custom tailored for stroke patients to facilitate their recovery.
The Software component is a smartphone app, which can be downloaded at the Apple AppStore for iPhone and iPad devices. The app is a MIDI controller & synthesizer, which features 60 different MIDI instruments. The app developed by Brainventions, Inc. is a member of an entire family of similar apps designed for Making Music in Motion. Check out Sk8SoniX (a.k.a. MusiSk8s) for ice and roller skating, MusiShuZ for walking and dancing and MusiFace for making music with your facial expressions.
The Hardware component is the Musical Braces (MBraces). It consists of a pair of wireless Bluetooth numeric keypads attached to hand braces. Each of the keypads has 22 keys. Some of the keys are mapped to musical notes in an octave (all 12 white and black piano kyes are available). The remaining keys trigger essential control functions such as MIDI instrument changes, octave changes (up and down), all types of chords, vibrato, tremolo, glissando and other musical effects. Some of these functionalities are only available for the advanced version of the MBraces.
One of a kind MIDI controller & synthesizer.
- Learn it once and play all MIDI instruments in an intuitive semi-natural way including strumming/plucking, arpeggios, etc.
- Play each instrument in its full octave range.
- Learn all cord types once in a super simple way and play them on all instruments the same way.
- Features most instrument inflections - vibrato, tremolo, glissando, staccato, legato, etc.
- Lightweight (only 300g) and completely portable.
- Play two MIDI instruments in tandem.
MusiMoto is a SW+HW Do-It-Yourself (with some help) system designed to empower anyone who likes playing MIDI musical instruments to do it while walking, jogging and even dancing.
The Software component is a smartphone app which can be downloaded at the Apple AppStore for iPhone and iPad devices or at the Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android phones and tablets. The app is a MIDI controller & synthesizer, which features 60 different MIDI instruments. The app developed by Brainventions, Inc. is a member of an entire family of similar apps (MusiGigZ) designed for Making Music in Motion. Check out Sk8SoniX (a.k.a. MusiSk8s) for ice and roller skating, MusiShuZ for dancing and MusiRide for riding a bicycle.
The Hardware component consists of a pair of wireless Bluetooth numeric keypads. Each of the keypads has 18 keys. Some of the keys are mapped to musical notes in an octave (all 12 white and black piano kyes are available). The remaining keys trigger essential control functions such as MIDI instrument changes, octave changes (up and down) and others. The price for all MusiMoto hardware including two numeric keypads and two DIY accessories for mounting the keypads to your arms is less that $70. We encourage the user to take this DIY approach since we do not want to get in the business of reselling off-the-shelf electronics and accessories.
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Vimeo & TikTok videos from Val's walks and jogs with the MBraces
Vimeo & TikTok videos from Val's walks and jogs with the MBraces
Recordings by Val on morning walks saved on SoundCloud
Simplicity and functionality under your finger tips
Test App Functionality
Open the MusiMoto app on your iPhone or iPad and press any of the number keys on the keypads to ensure that they play notes when pressed. Test also the function keys including octave up and down switching and instrument selection. To enter the ADVANCED mode turn on the MusiMotoSats attached to the back of the KeyPads and select the Left or Right Sat on the screen.
Adjust Keypads' Positions
Notice that you might have to adjust the position of the keypads according to the length of your arms as well as the size of your palms and fingers. You can do this by sliding the keypad metal rulers which connect the braces with the keypads backward or forward. If further adjustment is needed the keypads can be detached and reattached to better match your palm and fingers position.
Play Music as You Walk
Now you are ready to play music with the MusiMoto. Get out of the house and go for a promenade. You can also play the MusiMoto while lying in bed sitting at your desk as well. For stroke victims a MusiMoto trained therapist may need to help.
The MusiMoto app supports 18 of the most popular world languages including: EN, AR, BG, BN, CS, DE, EL, ES, FR, HE, HI, HU, IT, JA, KO, PT, RU and ZH. To change the app's language to one of your choice follow the instructions in the Help section of the app.
How to Play
Let your fingers do the magic
Unlike a regular piano keyboard, the keys on the Mbraces keypads are arranged in such a way so that you don't have to move your palms left or right in order to play all the 12 keys in an octave. In this key arrangement you can reach each of the 12 keys plus a high Do (C5) using only your 4 fingers (no thumb involved) by flexing and extending them over three rows of keys. All of this can be accomplished while keeping the palms free and your fingers over the keypads.
Keypads Reference Points
The thumbs can be used to lightly touch the inner corners of the keypads so you can find a reference point for your palm and fingers positions with respect to the keypads. The pinkies can also be used to occasionally (when not being used to play notes) touch the outer corners of the keypads for positioning reference. In MusiMoto v1.2 the thumbs are used to chose chord types such as Major, Minor, Major-7, Minor-7, Diminished, etc.
Playing Two Instruments Together
Version 1.2 of the MusiMoto app allows only one instrument to be played at a time (due to iOS 14 API limitations). To go around this limitation you can load the app on two different iPhones/iPads and pair each keypad with a different iPhone/iPad. This setup also allows you to play the same MIDI instrument in different octaves at the same time. In future versions you will be able to play two instruments together (or one instrument in different octaves) in a single app.
Playing Chords & Arpeggios
The newly introduced in v1.2 MusiMotoSat hardware includes a 2-axis thumb stick with 4 restricted quadrants Up-Down & Left-Right. Pushing and holding the thumb stick in one of these quadrants when you press a note key allows you to play chords or arpeggios instead of a single note. The basic chord types are mapped to Major-Minor & Maj7th-Min7th or variation of those depending on the instrument that you have selected to play. Some instruments can play additional chord types such as Diminished, Augmented, Sus, 6th, 9th, 11th, etc.
Playing Vibratos and Tremolos
The newly introduced in v1.2 MusiMotoSat hardware also includes a Motion Processing Unit, which captures in real time the attitude of the MBraces (Pitch, Yaw, Roll) and transmits it to the MusiMoto app. These data stream is used to implement strumming chords and arpeggios, vibratos and tremolos. Use the [enter] key on the keypad to toggle between None, Vibrato or Tremolo mode and wiggle your wrist or move your arm up and down to experience the effects while playing notes or chords/arpeggios.
To help you master playing music while walking or running the MusiMoto app includes sheet and chart views of 25 popular melodies from 18 language regions (nationalities). You can change the MIDI instrument by using the "Instrument" spinner on the app. You can change the melody by tapping the "Melody" button on the app and turning the melody spinner. Toggle the middle button on the menu bar to choose among 4 play modes: 1) Normal 2) Demo - MIDI replay, 3) Teaching - press the light keys, 4) Play along - accompany vocals MP3. Tap the "Play" and "Stop" buttons on the spinner menu to listen to the pre-recorded melody. Double click the left or right arrows on the 22 keys keypads to change from "Instrument" to "Melody" mode and back. Single click changes the instruments or the melodies depending on the current mode.
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