Lumanote: A real-time interactive music composition assistant Conference Paper uri icon


  • 2018 Copyright for the individual papers remains with the authors. Musical composition typically requires several years of experience and knowledge in music theory that includes but is not limited to chord progression, melody note theory, and an understanding of whole-step/half-step passing tones among others. Due to the complexity of musical composition, even experienced musicians may find the writing process challenging and time consuming. Songwriters may find the need to employ trained pianists to aid in the theory behind musical composition. We present Lumanote, an interactive real-time music composition tool that aids songwriters in their writing endeavors by presenting real-time suggestions on appropriate melody notes and chord progression. Lumanote's color-coded design provides chords appropriate to chosen scales, and melody notes appropriate to given chords in real-time as musicians play chords and melody notes. We performed a qualitative study to gauge the effectiveness of this tool, including both experienced musicians and complete beginners to assess the intuitiveness of the system at various skill levels. Qualitative results helped in identifying potential issues on differing interpretations of color-coded suggestions, and yielded insights on interface improvements and polish.

published proceedings

  • CEUR Workshop Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Granger, J., Aviles, M., Kirby, J., Griffin, A., Yoon, J., Lara-Garduno, R., & Hammond, T.

complete list of authors

  • Granger, J||Aviles, M||Kirby, J||Griffin, A||Yoon, J||Lara-Garduno, R||Hammond, T

publication date

  • January 2018