Legato

OF NOW Design Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim
iF Design Award 2022
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Legato is a digital service platform to enhance the music collaboration process for musicians in an orchestra context. Legato collects, analyzes, and reflects data on musicians’ practice in online music collaborations.

Moreover, Legato provides various classical music contents and shares the overall music process at musicians’ convenience. Besides, Legato examines gaps and maneuvers, both online and offline music practice, to improve performers’ experiences.

Idea

Legato offers solutions to the existing limited online and offline music collaboration process. It enhances the performers’ experience to progress online music collaboration efficiently. Nowadays, many online music practices and arrangements take place. Yet, musicians still rely on various traditional tools, such as writing comments, sound recordings, and video calls to share and exchange views and music feedback. Those tools are certainly not the best efficient or music practice context. Legato helps musicians with a holistic online music collaboration platform and analyzes auditory records to efficiently archive the performer’s progress.

Form

Legato’s visual design aims to convey the experience to users on high-tech digital platforms while maintaining the atmosphere of traditional classical music. The traditional and luxurious atmosphere induces the architecture of classical music with the design of visual aspects to convey creative possibilities to users. The design attributes include serif typeface, sophisticated lines, and dark colors. Legato expresses a stable atmosphere using a dark hue as the main color, and the violet color of enigmatic images to provide visual points for depth perception and maturity.

Function

Legato comes with a mobile application and a supported website to improve accessibility and customization by allowing users to adjust the channels. Music Diary provides visual digital archiving of classical music practice data with other performers’ feedback. Online Communication provides information on overall performance, music groups, and live and non-live online practice. Music Library offers information needed during practice, such as music sheets, video albums, or music history. In the process, musical archive clouds are made through various methods such as text, sound, and feedback sharing, etc.

Differentiation

With the archived sound data, users can exchange feedback on specific parts of the music within the team. This feature allows users to recognize individual weekly points and improve through visible reflection. Music diaries –visual digital archives improve users’ practices through meta-recognition function.

Impact

Legato helps users to overcome the place and time limit of offline music practice and allows smooth collaboration with musicians of various genres consistently anytime, anywhere. Legato aims to realize the possibility of an effective collaboration practice with new technological advances in the classical music domain and likely opens reliable and safe music collaborations in the new normal era of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music – Background & Research/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Background

Music industries are rapidly changing with digital innovation(e.g. online streaming services, digital mixing, etc). However, the collaborative classic music creation process is still taking place offline on a large scale. Performers are still restricted in time and space, this requires a new solution to connect and change the offline music collaboration experience with innovative digital tools.

It is difficult to intuitively check feedback for a particular point of a recording and difficult to archive progress continuously in an individual practice and ensemble session. Typical music archives have been recorded as video or sound data while feedback in progress has been written as text on the music sheet. It is difficult to identify a clear sound point for each feedback.

The current online collaboration tools are not suitable for music collaboration. Various platforms have been used for music collaboration or practice, such as a wiki page, text messages, and cloud storage for music scores and contents. This raises the need for an integrated management system suitable for the special needs of musical performers.

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music – System Design/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Legato System Design

When going digitalization, offline collaboration limitations in classical music suggest alternatives as online platforms. Legato overcomes the location and time limit of offline music collaboration through each feature and provides collaboration with musicians of various genres anytime, anywhere.

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music – Online Group Collaboration/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Online Group Collaboration

The need for online collaboration and live streaming is increasing even more with the Covid-19 pandemic, Via legato, musicians can continuously play and practice with simultaneous video and sound recording.

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music – Group Collaboration Information/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Group Collaboration Information

Legato is providing a holistic collaboration experience through one platform. Users can share information such as performance dates, coordination of practice schedules, conditions of team members, and rules related to the ensemble. Legato enables integrated management.

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music – Simplified Digital Music Score/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Simplified Digital Music Score

Users can use a simplified digital music score according to their status. The purpose of the responsive web page was to improve convenience by allowing users to vary the channels depending on the situation.

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music – Music Library/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music – Music diary/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music – Sharing specific part to others/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021

Legato – Digital Service Design for Music/ Copyright © Jiyoung Lee & Hwang Kim 2021