Hello again! Since the last blog post, and with April coming to an end, we have some exciting news to share…which is, we have officially graduated from the FFWD programme after 8 weeks of hard work. We rock!
You might wonder from the title what FFWD is, so here's a little background info.
FastForward (or the FFWD) programme is one of the UK's leading Pre-Accelerator Programmes with the goal to take startups from initial idea to the first round of funding in a 8 week course. At Vibes, we were honoured to join this programme together with a wonderful group of other startups. During the FFWD course, we got to learn from experienced professionals and mentors, who helped us to validate the business idea and implement them step by step to actually make them become reality.
Though 8 weeks doesn't seem long, it definitely was an important milestone for us. In this short period of time, ‘Vibes’ was born and then nurtured from a vague idea into a solid business plan and direction. As you might have learned already from Phil’s previous post, Vibes ‘came to life’ after he became inspired (read: frustrated) from his own music learning experience, and, after reading various music forums and Reddit Threads, realised he was not the only one suffering from this problem. Does this relate much to you?
Essentially, what is a workman without his tools, and what is a musician (or a music learner) without his (good) ears?
Ok, so going back to our main topic today. What came after weeks of hard work and preparation was a 5-minute pitch on the final presentation day, where we got the opportunity to showcase our work to guests, accelerators, and incubators, etc., and get to connect with them afterwards. As the saying goes, one minute on stage often takes ten years of practice off stage. After all, we had been working on this for months, and now the day had finally came! "Excited" was not even the right word to describe half of what we felt!
What is a workman without his tools, and a musician (or a music learner) without his (good) ears? Click to tweet
The afternoon went a lot faster than we expected, which was mainly due to the fact everyone was so prepared and ready. We were amongst one of the last to present but Phil did a great job conveying our idea, mission statement, and future prospect of Vibes. After the event, we also chatted and connected with several guests and professionals over a relaxing pint (read: several pints) in a pub. What’s a better way to end the day than that, right?
Below are just some snapshots during our presentation. I hope this gives a little more in-depth knowledge of what Vibes provides. Any questions are welcomed of course!
We started at the beginning of the presentation by discussing the ‘problem’ Vibes is trying to solve. Surely everyone wants to solo like Jimi Hendrix (see below), be creative and enjoy music, or just simply being able to hear a song, in mind or from Spotify, and play it!
Thereafter, we moved on to explaining the science that underpins Vibes, namely the concept of sensory augmentation. Taking advantage of our brain’s capability to make associations, Vibes aims to stimulate the visual, auditory and tactile senses to enhance and accelerate the musical learning process. According to the neuroscience of learning, this use of association rather than repetition, as used in the standard ear training apps and software, will theoretically reduce the time it takes to recognise musical intervals, chords etc.
The presentation slide below shows graphically (though not purely accurately) how Vibes is trying to change the music learning process.
Association rather than repetition can theoretically reduce the time to recognise musical intervals. Click to tweet
The use of real and battle-tested science, which has been used in industry, is how Vibes differentiates itself from the countless ear training apps out there . All in all, we are glad that this ‘baby’ has been delivered. Looking back on the 8 week Accelerator programme, it was a hell of a long journey but overall extremely rewarding.
However, all good things must come to an end. As much as we enjoyed our past journey with FastForward and all our wonderful colleagues, we know we must now take what we have learned and embark on a new journey.
We sincerely welcome all of you who are interested in joining this journey with us. We may have graduated from FastForward, but it is definitely not the end, but the beginning of something more exciting, inspiring, and unique.
There will be more blog posts to come in the next few weeks, where we will record the process and growth of Vibes. If you like this post, feel free to leave a comment. We'd love to hear from you!
At the moment we are building the prototype to put the theory into a reality, and hoping to find people who are interested in Vibes to be our first round of beta testers! If this sounds exciting to you, please do subscribe so you don't miss our latest updates! Also, feel free to drop us a message if you know someone who you can refer to. It’d be much appreciated!
Till the next post :)