‘Appy New Year! We’re hoping you’ve got enjoyed your break and got your resolutions sorted – and that your main one is to start exploring more music technology! This month we’ve moved beyond tablets and picked 3 browser based apps that anyone can access; from burgeoning beginners to practiced professionals.
Perfect for: Ages 5+.
What is it? Incredibox is a fun and incredibly simple online music making tool. By dragging and dropping certain outfits onto the ‘beatboxers’ on screen, users are able to layer up different elements of a song. There are 4 types of outfits, or sounds, that can be used in any combination across the seven beatboxers available. With so many possible combinations, a unique song can be put together in minutes.
Why do we love it? The app has a Record button so that users can save their tracks and even upload them to the Incredibox community for other people to hear. The Beatboxers can be changed, muted and soloed in real-time during recording to mix thing up. With four different versions of the game, each with their own unique sounds, it never gets boring!
Perfect for: All ages.
What is it? ToneMatrix is a way to create looping musical patterns by simply clicking on a 16×16 grid and creating visual and auditory patterns. All the pitches are within the pentatonic scale so to help keep you in tune and there are eight different sounds to explore, including a drum machine.
Why do we love it? ToneMatrix is a great way to explore and create, as sound and visuals can be changed instantly with a click of a button. It links together visuals and sounds brilliantly as you can draw a desired shape and then experience the sound that it creates.
Perfect for: Ages 11+.
What is it? Patchwork is an advanced modular sound synthesis tool. Patchwork lets you link together various sound generators, effects, sequencers and utility modules to create sounds from across multiple genres, from eery electronica to deafening dubstep.
Why do we love it? You can save and share where you leave your modifications, really helping to create a communal feeling of play with the app. There is a huge amount of potential for creativity and originality within the app, as there are hundreds of options and tools to manipulate and change.
To view more of our favourite apps and start app-lying yourself to music technology visit our App Share page.