How's this for amazing? You see a piece of sheet music, but you can't read it because you're a plebian, or perhaps you can read it but you want to hear it. SnapNPlay is an app that lets you take a picture of a line of sheet music and then plays back the notes on the page. This is amazing.

The app itself looks a little rough around the edges right now, but the concept is wonderful. The world of the future has already brought us some amazing things, but this app helps highlight something romantic about the nature of creative thought. Music is one of the most poignant forms of human expression, and yet here notes on a page are transformed into sound purely by technology.

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Of course, while your favorite song may be, at its heart, a 4 million digit number, technology hasn't quite reached the point where it can replace human expression. It's still amazing to see technology and art come together in such a previously unheard-of way.

It looks like the app might still need some polish to be regularly useful, but the concept is there and it looks sweet. You can grab the demo from the Play Store for free, or support the developer with the $4 paid version if you really like it.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com Aj Meadows

    As a piano teacher, I've gotta say. This is pretty damn cool.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com Aj Meadows

      Also, am I crazy or did AP JUST switch to Disqus? How long ago did this happen?!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Saturday night.


        • http://www.thepixelpuse.com Aj Meadows

          Very cool. I like it!

      • Harsha Raj

        Like form one week. Cool isn't it.

  • Goblueboy

    I would get this just to pull out some legend of zelda ost in the middle of no where with friends

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Been sniping it for 3 days ever since that reddit thread with like 395739 upgoats introducing the video, and just managed to catch it rolling out.

    Here's the original thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/s7s2y/upcoming_app_snapnplay_take_pictures_of_sheet/

    Video from the thread: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zq7Mvofg8I

    • KreeTerry

      upgoats?  that made my day!!!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Saturday night.

  • falconator

    Played with this for about 20min and overall its at an acceptable stage. For the demo, it'll only play piano tones and sometimes it skips a note or two (or three). Still, I hope this guy keeps working on this app because it definitely has great potential.

  • Kdiangelis

    I'd like to see the reverse:  Play some music and have it output the sheet music.  I read music better than trying to play it by ear.  

    • Karmavore

      This would be amazing for songs. But I feel like it would then be entangled in copyright problems. You have to pay for sheet music...

  • http://www.facebook.com/GrantGarris5n Grant Garrison

    Amazing! now please hire a user experience and interface designer so I can use it.

  • Freak4Dell

    Very cool concept.

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    OBS.: If you can not take the picture because of the gps location, try again in an open environment.