Conceived by musician Helen Adam, Tunelines lets visitors search, using a map interface as well as a drop-down menu, for places and, if there is a tune with the name of the place in the title, to download a PDf of the sheet music.
Programmer Sam Adam-Day built the site and database, hacking and incorporating the API of Google Maps.
Cyberium was able to register the domain name, tunelines.com, despite the fact that the related word, ‘songlines’, is well known. Songlines are an Australian Aboriginal concept documented by the writer Bruce Chatwin.
The website is developing, and more tunes will be added over time.
The tunes are free to download but visitors are encouraged to make a PayPal donation to pay Helen, who is researching arranging the music and providing the sheet music.
Only traditional folk tunes are included.
Presently, only Welsh tunes are listed, but eventually it is hoped anyone will be able to suggest a tune from anywhere in the world.
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