Because Ideas Make MusicWednesday, October 4, 2017
We are thrilled to announce the launch of Abbey Road’s first ever app – Topline – created for singers and songwriters. Designed by musicians for musicians, Topline helps you catch your musical ideas instantly and precisely before that valuable moment is lost.
Orin Norbert of the OMG Collective in Studio Two. Picture by Charlie Sarsfield.
You can share files easily, sing over imported tracks, add lyrics, tags and pictures, find previous work at speed, and always have space for new ideas by synching songs to your favourite cloud.
To develop Topline, we worked closely with emerging songwriters and producers from across London, to understand their creative needs. They all shared a big concern about losing original song ideas – either through not being able to capture them easily when they occurred or by finding it impossible to locate them later. Many of the big name artists who record at Abbey Road told us about losing ideas that they’d written in books or recorded on their answerphone. So we decided to solve this challenge for artists by designing an intuitive and ingeniously simple to use app with music at its heart. The result is Topline, the latest in a continuing series of innovations designed to bring the Abbey Road magic closer to music makers whenever and wherever they create.
Thailah demoing the app. Picture by Charlie Sarsfield.
Indigo Palace in Studio Two. Picture by Charlie Sarsfield.
Completely free, Topline is launched today, initially in the UK. Download it here.
Abbey Road’s Senior Digital Manager, Dom Dronska explained to Forbes why we created Topline now.
Bloom demoing the app. Picture by Charlie Sarsfield.
Images show some of the musicians who helped us develop Topline.
Top image shows Elize Kellman in Studio One.