UJAM (Firefox, Safari, Chrome) UJAM is an easy to use browser app which lets you simply record yourself humming a tune or melody to start creating a song. Your humming is rendered into musical notation, where you can select different instruments and musical styles to start building a composition. Tonematrix (Firefox, Safari, Chrome) Based on the popular Yamaha instrument the Tenori-On, Tonematrix is a 16 by 16 grid which lets you create basic sequences by switching buttons on or off to create patterns in a grid which in turn generates melodies. Created by the same developers as popular in browser music making app Audiotool, Tonematrix is a great introduction to their more advanced offerings. Beatlab (Firefox, Safari, Chrome) Similar to Tonematrix, Beatlab uses a basic grid to let you sketch out your songs. Expanding on the grid concept, Beatlab adds some additional features to let you expand and share your compositions. With a social component that lets you explore and remix other user's creations, and a range of different genres and sounds to choose from, Beatlab offers a great way to start making music from the comfort of your browser.
The Isle of Tune (Firefox, Safari, Chrome; also available as iOS apps) If you like Sim City and enjoy composing your own music, this browser and mobile app is likely going to suck you in for a few hours. Create your own unique musical journeys by planning your own street layouts. Each roadside elements the cars pass "play" a note, making your bustling little city one large map for music! Feeling ambitious? Try out a couple of more advanced music making apps: Audiosauna and Audiotool, both which offer near full featured free to use audio production software in a browser. (Image: Sean Rioux)