Having a strong internal clock is important anytime you’re in charge of the beat. Metronomes, with their perfect time, can help build that strength. But you and your bandmates don’t have perfect time. We’re human. We fluctuate.
Humanome teaches you to hear an irregular tempo and adjust your playing to it, as you must always do to stay in the pocket with other non-metronomic human beings.
Humanome sensitizes you to playing more responsively and accurately – more in the groove – with any external time source, whether it’s precise or not: a metronome, a click, a drummer, a band, a sequence, a track.
How it works:
Humanome encourages listening. It trains you to react, moment by moment, to a fluctuating external time source. Humanome‘s varying click and limited session time enhances focus and engagement in ways a metronome doesn’t. Humanome stresses the importance of the phrase and allows for odd time signatures.
Each Humanome session is randomly generated and unique. A session is around 3 minutes long and has three parts: an initial 2-phrase segment of straight time, followed by the main body of the session’s shifting tempos, followed by a 1-phrase ending segment of straight time.
Setting up each session:
Speed is the Humanome’s initial tempo, from 1 to 5.
Intensity is how frequently the tempo will change.
Beats per measure indicates time signature. By default, Humanome accentuates the first beat of each measure. This can be disabled in More Settings.
Select INHUMANOME if you want to kick the Humanome into true madness from any Intensity setting. Tempo changes will be much more severe. This gives you four additional intensities.
Measures per phrase. Much of the world’s music comes in 4 or 8 bar phrases and that is Humanome’s default setting. You can change that here.
*2 multiplies each Speed setting by two, from *1 to *5.
It’s not a metronome.
It’s a Humanome.
- No tempo change between last beat of humanome and straight time
- Slight timing accuracy improvements
- Clear progress view when session ends
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Wayne Krantz is known the world over for his innovative compositions, ground breaking guitar playing and general all around riffery.
What some people may not know is, he has talked at great length about his refreshing take on music, in his understated book, An Improvisor’s OS. What’s more exciting is, Humanome is an equally brilliant solution to a very universal problem for any musician.
How do I keep great time?
In this app, the tempo shifts subtly to wildly, so the practicer trains themselves to listen to where the beat is and get scary good at putting the next note right where it needs to be. They actively engage in playing with the beat, building a strong internal clock and becoming a world class listener and perhaps a world class groove machine.
Be the first kid on your block to have better time than a Swiss watch! All of this, for just 2 dollars. You can’t even get a decent cup of coffee for that much bread.
Wayne Krantz is a smart guy! Just from his music you can tell but also his great book The Improviser’s OS. This app is another great idea that helps with a problem that a lot of people have but don’t know they need help with....it definitely has helped me! It’s not enough to have strong internal time, you need to line up better with fluctuating external time,i.e. humans! I highly recommend this app to help you raise awareness.
Neat way to practice, I like the short sessions. Update: I reported a bug and it was fixed the same day!
Developer Response ,
Hi. So pleased that you are enjoying the app!
Would you please describe the visual bugs? It would be super helpful for us resolving them.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.