Learning to play a musical instrument can be pretty intimidating, but that doesn't mean that you can't get started making music right away. Check out these fantastic browser apps that make it easy for anyone to make beautiful music, no experience required.
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!
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