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Coming soon…

We’ve got some big plans for 2017! First off, hats off and a big thank you for your overwhelming support for our crowdfunding campaign in December of last year. Without you, the big plans we have in store for this year would not have been possible. All you wonderful folks have made sure we got more than we bargained for, 125% of our goal to be exact!

Because of this, we’re able to take Chordify into a new phase, meaning 2017 is going to be a big year with a lot of cool things to look forward to. That also means it’s high time for us to roll up our sleeves, get cracking and put all that money to good use. So without further ado, here’s what you can look forward to:

Super duper mobile
We already released our iOS app late last year, but in the course of 2017, all you Android users can also use the Chordify app in all its mobile and radiant glory. Additionally, we plan to bring a lot more of our premium features–like transposing chords, capo hints, slowdown, and MIDI downloads–to iOS and Android, as well as an offline mode, so you can really use Chordify anywhere, anytime.

chordify android iOS app

But there’s more! For all three platforms, we’ll also be adding the lyrics to all of your favorite songs, so stay tuned for more on that…

Turning Chordify into a shared experience
Music is something you make together, whether it’s with friends or your music teacher. This is why we want to be as social as possible, with an emphasis on encouraging interaction between you guys and gals, like sharing your progress and taste in music with other users on the platform.

Photo Credit: Little Kids Rock

Soon you’ll be able to follow your friends and other people with the same taste in music, but also create and share your own setlists of favorite songs. We’re not stopping there, however, because we’ll also give you the option to easily find and connect with other users to start your own band!

A new way for artists to reach out to their fans
Isn’t playing the songs of your favorite musicians the ultimate form of fandom? We think it is, which is why we also plan to further develop our Chordify Embedded Player. With our embedded player, musicians, festivals, music teachers, blogs, and frankly everyone who is interested, will be able to use the Chordify player on their own website. This will make it very easy for everyone involved in music making to reach out and connect with their fans, music students, or audience.

Embedded Player on website Orange Skyline

Share your thoughts!
We’re very open to your ideas and suggestions. If you think we should add other features too, be sure to let us know! After all, Chordify is made for and by music enthusiasts, so any thoughts and feedback you have are more than welcome.

The Top 5 most intensely practiced songs in December

Once again, we’ve been busy compiling a list of the songs you’ve all been playing and created the Chordify Continental Top 5 of most intensely practiced songs.

Want to know who’s the new number one on your side of the pond? The scores are on the doors…. Also, guess who rick-rolled his way into the European top 5? Check it out!

Europe
1. KASE and WRETHOV – One Life
2. Rick Astley – God Says
3. Shawn James – Through the Valley
4. Daft Punk – Blue Horizon
5. Starley – Call on Me

Rick Astley Chordify chords top5

North America
1. Big Baby D.R.A.M. – Broccoli feat. Lil Yachty
2. Seth Ennis – Woke Up in Nashville
3. Daniel Caesar – Japanese Denim
4. NEEDTOBREATHE – Testify
5. Charlotte Cardin – Fauville

Seth Ennis Chordify chords top5

South America
1. Manuel Medrano – El Swing de la Propuesta
2. John Elefante – Not Just Any Other Day
3. Mustafunk – En tu mirada
4. Miss Bolivia & Leo Garcia – Tomate El Palo
5. Santa Feria – Sakate Uno

Manuel Medrano Chordify chords top5

Asia
1. Anupam Roy – Ghawrbaari
2. I Miss It – Wo Huai Nian Se
3. The Parakit – Save me ft. Alden Jacob
4. Memes – Pesawatku
5. Danilla – Terpaut Oleh Waktu

Ghawrbraari Anupam Roy Chordify

Africa
1. Nathaniel Bassey feat. Enitan Adaba Imela – Thank You

2. Ricus Nel, Adam Tas, Bok van Blerk, Refentse – Hardekole
3. Sinach – Way Maker
4. Paranoia-1- Khalas Hasaytar
5. Nathaniel Bassey – Casting Crowns

Nathaniel Basseyf Chordify chords top5

Oceania
1. Massive Attack – The Spoils
2. Shawn James – Through the Valley
3. Amy Shark – Adore
4. The Eagles – Hotel California
5.
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

Massive Attack Chordify chords top5

A final note for those who are worried about privacy or possibly somewhat ashamed of their guilty pleasures: it’s all big data, not individual results. If you secretly want to learn to play the entire Frozen soundtrack, don’t worry, we can’t trace it back to you!

 

Check out the big brain on our new algorithm

We’ve just given birth to our new, high-powered bad boy of an algorithm! By harnessing the awesome power of Artificial Intelligence, we’ve unleashed a new chord extraction algorithm upon the world of music. It’s even more accurate and, best of all, it learns from our data and your chord edits, meaning it becomes even more accurate as time passes!

It’s alive! Almost, kinda
Artificial Intelligence you say? Yes! But it doesn’t mean our new algorithm will contemplate its own existence, complain about Mondays or says ominous things like: “I’m afraid I can’t let you do that…”, while locking down the Chordify office.

Hal9000 Chordify Deep Learning

Our new and improved algorithm uses something called Deep Learning or Machine Learning, an AI technique where it learns from large data sets. Based on this data the algorithm becomes smarter than our own programmers!

Try playing along with: Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Even more accurate awesomeness with A.I.
But that’s not all. Our smart bad boy will also look at all the chord edits you’ve made. So if our chord recognition algorithm hasn’t quite yet nailed your new favorite songs, it will learn from your corrections. So your edits don’t improve just the songs, they also improve the algorithm. It’s human teaching machine and vice versa.

Chordify algorithm edits deep learning

Other than increasingly awesome accuracy, you won’t notice a thing. It’s still just as fast, and it’s still just as easy to play along with your favorite songs. The only difference is that every time you chordify a song that isn’t in our database yet, or when you make corrections, you’re also helping Chordify become better and better!

Introducing: Chordify on iOS version 1.2

Good news for all you Apple fanboys and gals! We’ve just released version 1.2 of our Chordify iOS app last week. It’s sleek & slick, 10 times prettier, and we’ve completely redesigned the Discover Page. Go see for yourself and check it out.

Chordify iOS App Update

Sleek and strapping
The new version still has all the features you know and love. Both the web version and mobile version communicate with each other as if they were supernatural twins with psychic powers. You chordify or favorite a song in one, it shows up in the other, and vice versa. Search the YouTube and SoundCloud catalogues, as well as the 4.7 million songs already chordified by good people just like you. And of course we’ve given her a little makeover, so she’s pretty as a picture!

Chordify iOS App

Curated content and more to come
Looks ain’t everything, though. We’ve also completely redesigned the Discovery Page in the app. That means you can discover new and curated songs to your heart’s content on your iPhone or iPad, based on your own musical taste, and some featured songs we think you’ll also love.

While you enjoy this version, we’ll be burning the midnight oil behind the scenes to bring more and more of the advanced and premium features of our web app to the iOS app.

Enjoy it! Rate it!
You don’t have to take our word for it, just go ahead and check out this beauty for yourself. And don’t forget to rate the app and tell us what you love about it, or if you’d like to see some improvements. We really appreciate your feedback, because we want you to love the iOS app just as much as our web app.

Become a co-owner of Chordify!

Just over a week ago, we launched our Chordify crowdfunding campaign and so far, things are going great. We’ve already reached 65% of our €180,000 funding goal in a matter of days. Join us as we grow! Our campaign runs from November 30 to December 30, and by investing as little as €20, you can effectively become a co-owner of Chordify in a matter of minutes. It’s easier than ordering a pizza, so what are you waiting for? Suit up, invest and become a shareholder of the world’s numero uno platform for chords!

Chordify crowdfunding symbid

Co-owner you say? Yes indeed. In return for your investment, you get shares in Chordify. Because thanks to all of you, we were able to grow into the worldwide music platform we are today, where people spend over 4000 hours playing their favorite music every day. We want to grow even bigger in the next few years, by making Chordify more social, mobile, and of course even more accurate. Not just for you, but together with you.

crowdfunding symbid Chordify

 

Social and mobile
We’ve got the WebApp you know and love, along with our recently launched iOS app. But we’re not stopping there, because we want to be as mobile as we can. That means we’ll use part of the funds for developing an Android app. We also plan to bring the Premium features to both mobile apps.

Chordify iOS App Mobile

Music is something you make together, with friends or your music teacher. This is why part of the investments will be used to transform Chordify into a social platform, for example by letting you promote your band, feature the songs you’ve edited, share your music preferences, and collect practising statistics. Think of it as a Last.fm for music practising.

Isn’t playing the songs of your favorite musicians the ultimate form of fandom? We think it is, which is why we also plan to further develop our Chordify Embedded Player. With the Embedded Player, musicians, festivals, music teachers, blogs and frankly everyone who is interested, will be able to use the Chordify player on their own website. This will make it very easy for everyone involved in music making to reach out and connect with their fans, music students or audience.

An added bonus for all you users
We’ve got a detailed description on our campaign page, describing our plans and projections and everything you need to know about becoming a shareholder.

As an added bonus, besides becoming a shareholder, investors will also receive a gift voucher for a Chordify Premium account. For yourself, or for a friend or family member. Or even random strangers if you’re truly in the Holiday spirit of giving!

Join us as we grow. Invest in Chordify!
Warm regards, y
our friends at Chordify.

chordify team lex vesseurcredits: Lex Vesseur
Please note: Investing is not possible if you are based in the US. We’re sorry about that.

The Top 5 most intensely practiced songs in October

Once again, we’ve been busy compiling a list of the songs you’ve all been playing and created the Chordify Continental Top 5 of most intensely practiced songs.

Want to know who’s the new number one on your side of the pond? The scores are on the doors…. Check it out!

Europe
1. Organek – Głupi ja
2. Jérémy Sourdril – L’amour injuste
3. Stephen – Fly Down
4. Ghali – Dende
5. Chet Faker – I’m into You

chat faker chords chordify
Chet Faker

North America
1. Wrabel – 11 Blocks
2. Whitney – No Matter Where We Go
3. Citizens & Saints – Relent
4. Miike Snow – My Trigger
5. Jessica Domingo – Kendrick Lamar Medley

miike snow fin chords chordify
Miike Snow

South America
1. Green Valley feat. Saritah – Somos Iguales
2. Jose Lizardo – A Ti Pastor
3. La Máquina Camaleön feat Paola Navarrete – Los Zanqueros
4. Dulce y Agraz – Me Reparto en Ti
5. Santa Feria – Sakate Uno

green valley feat saritah chords chordify
Green Valley feat. Saritah

Oceania
1. VERUA – Honoipo
2. Alex Lahey – You don’t think you like people like me
3. Troy Kingi – True Love
4. Big Scary – The Opposite of Us
5. Vera Blue – Hold

vera blue chords chordify
Vera Blue

Asia
1. Traveling – 近藤房之助 x 大村憲司 x 西慎嗣
2. Sheila Majid – Antara Anyer Dan Jakarta
3. A. R. Rahman – Malargale Malargale
4. Namak Halaal – Jawani Janeman Haseen Dilruba – Asha Bhosle
5. Glenn Fredly & The Bakuucakar – Rame-Rame/Timur

ar rahman malargale malargale chordify chords
A.R. Rahman

Africa
1. Ricus Nel, Adam Tas, Bok van Blerk, Refentse – Hardekole
2. Bouwer Bosch – Sy Klink Soos Lente
3. Nathaniel Bassey – Casting Crowns
4. Herman Kleinhans – Ek Sweer
5. Sinach – Way Maker

bouwer bosch sy klink soos lente chords chordify
Bouwer Bosch

A final note for those who are worried about privacy or possibly somewhat ashamed of their guilty pleasures: it’s all big data, not individual results. If you secretly want to learn to play the entire Frozen soundtrack, don’t worry, we can’t trace it back to you!

The Top 5 most intensely practiced songs in September

Once again, we’ve been busy compiling a list of the songs you’ve all been playing and created the Chordify Continental Top 5 of most intensely practiced songs. Check it out!

North America
1. Wilco – If I Ever Was a Child
2. The Mr. T Experience – Cinthya (with a Y)
3. Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed
4. Arsenal Efectivo – Vida Peligrosa (El Solecito)
5. Fleurie – Hymn

paul mccartney chords
Paul McCartney

Europe
1. Shemekia Copeland – Married to the Blues
2. Cesaria Evora – Besame Mucho
3. Philip Sayce – Morning Star
4. Daft Punk – Horizon
5. Sivu – Love lives in this House

daft punk chords
Daft Punk

Oceania
1. Big Scary – The Opposite of Us
2. Adeaze – The Lord is My Light
3. The Hard Aches – Glad That You’re Gone
4. Alex Lahey – You don’t think you like people like me
5. Bernard Fanning – Wasting Time

big scary the opposite of us chords
Big Scary

South America
1. Eva Ayllon – Saca las manos
2. Fusa HD – Mustafunk – En tu mirada
3. Compadre Ernesto – Te ando buscando
4. Son By Four (Ítala Rodriguez) – La Fe de Maria
5. Los Vasquez – Cumplimos Otro Año 2014

eva ayllon saca las manos chords
Eva Ayllon

Asia
1. Syura – Nazam Berkasih
2. Kim Woo Bin – Do You Know
3. Shehyee – Inspirasyon
4. Hasu Kasari / Roop Tera
5. Hajji Alejandro – Kay Ganda Ng Ating

kim woo bin do you know chords
Kim Woo Bin

Africa
1. Ricus Nel, Adam Tas, Bok van Blerk, Refentse – Hardekole
2. Sinach – Way Maker
3. Joshua na die Reën – Lig op die Horison
4. John Legend – All Of Me
5. 
Casting Crowns by Nathaniel Bassey and Lovesong

ricus nel hardekole chords
Ricus Nel, Adam Tas, Bok van Blerk, Refentse

A final note for those who are worried about privacy or possibly somewhat ashamed of their guilty pleasures: it’s all big data, not individual results. If you secretly want to learn to play the entire Frozen soundtrack, don’t worry, we can’t trace it back to you!

 

 

Introducing: Chordify on iOS

After months of work, we’re finally launching our brand new Chordify iOS app, during the Reeperbahn Music Festival in Hamburg, Germany this week. Co-founder Bas de Haas will be presenting it during the festival’s NEXT conference, in all its splendor and shining glory. If you’re an Apple fanboy, now would be the time to download it in a rabid frenzy!

Chordify iOS App available now icon badge

We won’t be able to live-stream the NEXT keynote, so you’ll just have to imagine Bas wearing a black turtleneck in front of a roaring crowd, as he presents the new app with a live demo, and talks about future plans for world domination, as well as our recently launched Chordify Now Embedded Player. Also imagine terms like “revolutionary” and “game changing” thrown around casually, with lots of cheering and applause.

Chordify Everyone is a musician start playing
Overactive editorial imagination aside, the Reeperbahn Festival is actually one of the biggest music showcase festivals in Europe, so we couldn’t be happier to launch our app there and enjoy some very talented bands in the process. So, for those of us not fortunate to be in Hamburg to witness this magnificent event, here’s a description of our app, in true Apple style:  

Our shiny brand new app. Design redefined.
What’s truly revolutionary about our new app, is that not much has changed. It’s just as easy to use as the web version, with the same basic features you know and love.

Chordify iOS screenshot sample

Seamlessly integrated. Seriously effortlessly.
Both the web version and mobile version communicate with each other as if they were albino twins with psychic powers. You chordify or favorite a song in one, it shows up in the other, and vice versa. Search the YouTube and SoundCloud catalogues, as well as the 4.5 million songs already chordified by good people just like you.

chordify ios screenshot sample

Animated chord diagrams. Revolution reanimated.
When you change the game, you change the rules. When you’re unsure how to play a certain chord, you switch to the animated chord diagram view. You can easily switch between chords and chord diagrams, for guitar, piano, ukulele and ‘80s synthesizers.

Try it. Love it.

The Reeperbahn Festival
Now that we’ve covered the app stuff, let’s move on to some cool music. The Netherlands is this year’s focus-country for the festival, and Chordify is part of a Dutch delegation of companies and musicians, like De Staat, Bombay and Blaudzun.

ReeperBahn festival Dutch Impact de Staat Klangstof
Some of the acts may sound familiar, like Black Oak (check out our recent interview with them), and Klangstof, who performed on our stage during Eurosonic. We also did an IDK session with Rats on Rafts you should definitely check out.

 

Kicking it at the ISMIR Conference in New York

Last month, Chordify’s own Bas de Haas and Vincent Koops flew down to New York City to visit the annual Conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), the world’s leading research forum on processing, searching, organizing and accessing music-related data. As you know, Chordify is all about music science, so the annual conference was right up our alley.

ISMIR 2016 New York Chordify

Co-founder Bas is a real veteran when it comes to ISMIR, having been involved with music information retrieval ever since his PhD research. In fact, our algorithm that automatically extracts the chords of your favorite songs is based on his academic handiwork. The conference features all the latest research in this area and some really big companies – like Spotify, Google, Apple and Pandora – are starting to pick up on that too.

ISMIR 2016 soundcloud

What’s so cool about MIR
Music Information Retrieval may sound a little dry and technical, but the applications are very awesome; you’ve used it many times without probably even knowing it. We’re not just talking about our own algorithm, but things like the recommended songs you get with Pandora and Spotify or using Shazam to get the title of the song you’re hearing, it’s all based on this field of research. “The conference is a great way to keep up with all the technology and research”, Bas explains. “Everything we can currently do, all the latest research, is presented right here.”

“My personal highlight was the talk on the Deep Chroma Extractor”, Bas continues. “Without getting too technical, it uses artificial intelligence and neural networking to recognize chords in music. These neural networks are basically a mathematical model, inspired by the way our own brain works.”

“You can do a lot of really cool stuff with it, like creating an algorithm that recognizes dogs and cats in photographs and YouTube videos, or beat people at that very complex game called Go, like Google’s algorithm recently did. And there’s some really cool art made by A.I. too, like Google’s DeepDream.”

Deap_dream_generator_ISMIR_2016Transformed photo by Deep Dream Generator

Science and tech companies working together
Speaking of Artificial Intelligence, that’s also what Vincent is involved in. He’s currently working on his PhD thesis at Utrecht University with Chordify, coming up with ways to combine your chord edits in more accurate schematics. “I was a little worried about making it to the conference though”, Vincent explains. “I broke my leg recently and had a couple of metal pins inserted and of course the US is notoriously difficult to get into.”

Fortunately though, the metal pins didn’t set off any alarms at airport customs. “I really enjoyed the conference. I went to a couple of tutorials and workshops, like jazz solo analysis. And a colleague of mine gave a talk about why hip hop is very interesting for scientific research, since most of the genre is sample based, so there’s some really cool applications for that, like recognition software for the original song the sample was used from”, Vincent continues.

“I also really enjoyed the social program, like going to the Brooklyn Bowl, enjoying an IPA while watching the band Soulive perform.”

“What’s also really interesting,” Vincent continues, “is that a lot of big tech companies take notice of what’s happening here. They’re not just here to check out the latest research, but are also actively involved in the official program. Spotify hosted their own Hackday just before the conference and Pandora got the band Soulive to perform at the Brooklyn Bowl.”

Play Along with Steppin’ by Soulive

Soulive ISMIR 2016 New York Next year, a couple us will be flying to China – because ISMIR Conference 2017 will be held in Suzhou, near Shanghai – to check out all the new strides being made in Music Information Retrieval.

The Top 5 Most Intensely Practised Songs in August

Once again, we’ve been busy compiling a list of the songs you’ve all been playing and created the Chordify Continental Top 5!

Adele is no longer the queen of the charts worldwide. Want to know who reigns supreme? Only one way to find out!

North America
Need To Breathe – Testify
Wrabel – 11 Blocks
John Legend – All of Me
Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
D.R.A.M. – Broccoli feat. Lil Yachty

chords need to breath testifyNeed to Breathe – Testify

Europe
John Legend – All of Me
Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
Joey Moe – Smukkest på en søndag

Gulddreng – Se Mig Nu
Marcus & Martinus – Heartbeat

Joey Mo Smukkest Pa En Sondag ChordsJoey Moe – Smukkest på en søndag

South America
La Vaca Lola
Miss Bolivia and Leo Garcia – Tomate el Palo
Fabiani – Amor a Primera Vista
Manuel Medrano – El Swing de la Propuesta
Los Espiritus – Noches de Verano

Manuel Medrano El Swing de la Propuesta ChordsManuel Medrano – El Swing de la Propuesta

Asia
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Afreen Afreen
Civil Voice – Bappage Akkage Duwa
Tayo Lang Ang May Alam – Peryodiko
Marshmello – Alone
New Boyz – Hiasan Di Laman Rindu

Tayo Lang Ang May Alam Peryodiko chordsTayo Lang Ang May Alam – Peryodiko

Oceania
Bernard Fanning – Wasting Time
Anne Marie – Alarm
Vera Blue – Hold
Big Scary – The Opposite of Us
Paul Dempsey – Idiot Oracle

Bernard Fanning Wasting Time chordsBernard Fanning – Wasting Time

Africa
Sinach – Way Maker
Ricus Nel, Adam Tas, Bok van Blerk, Refentse – Hardekole
Kenyan National Anthem
Bouwer Bosch – Sy Klink Soos Lente
Herman Kleinhans – Ek Sweer

Kenyan National Anthem chordsKenyan National Anthem

A final note for those who are worried about privacy or possibly somewhat ashamed of their guilty pleasures: it’s all big data, not individual results. If you secretly want to learn to play the entire Frozen soundtrack, don’t worry, we can’t trace it back to you!