Out to water the creative dry spells that befall musical minds, Fortamento by Yuri Laskin turns the phone in your pocket into a melody machine. Here is some of the app’s description from the App Store:
Ever got stuck writing a new song, wishing for a spark of inspiration to get started?
Get instant musical ideas at a push of a button with Fortamento – a simple and effective music idea creator, capable of generating 4 bars of chord progression and melody, with the option to fine-tune (pun intended) the idea and save the result.
To make life easier, there’s an option to export the tunes as MIDI files for further work in your favorite DAW.
Fortamento is a great addition to the workflow of musicians, songwriters and producers to overcome the occasional writer’s block.
– MIDI file export
– Tempo / key control
– Manual melody editing
– Save tunes
– Various instrument sounds
Musicians and writers out there, here is your new favorite tool. Just when you’ve thought you have heard every chord progression and are out of ideas for that new song, Fortamento has a new option for you. First launch the app and press the big “Generate” button. This will randomly compose 4 chords and 4 bars of melody based on a 4/4 time signature. Every time you press this button it will generate another chord progression and play it back. Save your favorites and generate another. Edit the melody by pressing one of the bars below the chord to add or adjust placement, then re-listen and loop to perfect your sound.
Other settings can also be changed like tempo, key, and looping playback options. Instrument selection for playback sounds can also be selected with up to ten different instruments to choose from including piano, organ, and synth strings for chord instrument with others including banjo and brass added for melody instruments. Once all of your settings are set and the song idea is created, Fortamento lets you save right to your files on your phone. Unfortunately you cannot put in a specific chord progression, they will always be generated randomly, though it is mentioned that this will be added as a feature in a future update. Time signatures are also not able to be adjusted at this version of Fortamento.
Fortamento is convenient and real treat for those always working, on the go musicians, or just those that like to tinker and are learning to create songs for the first time. The app is available now for $0.99 on the App Store.