Improv is intimidating.
Scott Hughes wants to make it more accessible to musicians. That’s why Hughes, 27, a pianist who does marketing for Analog Watch Co., built a card game to help musicians practice. It’s called Tonic.
Here’s what Hughes, who lives in East Passyunk, wrote to us:
I believe improvisation is the #1 greatest thing a musician can do to improve him or herself as a player and as a person. The tragedy is that it’s not taught in standard music programs, and as a result most musicians are afraid of it. I studied music at UArts and Temple and saw a lot of the usual problems, so I want to provide an alternative.
Though Tonic is lo-fi, there has been a proliferation of music-tech projects in Philly lately. There’s even a new web audio meetup.