'Compose' tablet records and transcribes your songs

Mozart would have killed for one of these bad boys.
Mozart would have killed for one of these bad boys.

Sometimes, concept products seem to be more interesting than they are practical, but this doesn't look to be the case with Compose. This is a tablet-style device that lets you create scores on a digital surface in a couple of different ways.

The most innovative of these methods involves you singing into the supplied pen, which also doubles up as a microphone. When this mic is docked in the Compose tablet, your melodies are automatically transcribed, and can be played back using the built-in orchestral sounds.

Alternatively, you can just use the pen to write scores in standard fashion.

At the moment, this is all we know about Compose, which was apparently designed by Ouyang Xi, He Binbin, Zeng Li and Li Bo. We'd love to find out more, though, and to discover if there's a possibility that the product might actually go on sale at some point.

(via Synthtopia)

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.