More than a decade ago, Wittenberg University students and faculty members in the Department of Music expanded their creative energies into an emerging field by creating apps.
As it turns out, they were just getting started. A new version of InTune, an app designed to improve and test intonation that debuted in 2012, was recently released by Apple to positive reviews. InTune has been a top-10 music app in 70 countries and has reached the No. 1 music spot in 38 countries.
InTune was created through a collaborative effort among Professor of Music Daniel Kazez, his son Ben Kazez, a tech entrepreneur and musician, Peiqian Li, class of 2013, a computer science major who now works for Google as a senior software engineer, and Crispin Prebys, former Wittenberg associate professor of art.
The concept for the app is based on a computer program created by Daniel and Ben Kazez, who own and operate Half Note Labs, LLC. The collaborations also included Professor of Statistics and Data Science Doug Andrews, who created a mathematical algorithm for changing the distance between pitches, and Professor of Psychology Mary Jo Zembar, who analyzed data for a study indicating that with repeated use of the program the ability to discern very close pairs of pitches improves. The results were presented at a session of the 2020 College Music Society National Conference.
The newly updated version of InTune includes banjo, guitar and koto sounds produced by Xavier Davenport, class of 2018, a triple major in music, physics and Chinese while at Wittenberg.
Much like its original release, the response to InTune has been overwhelmingly positive.