Once or twice a year I stumble across a flash based website that uses some visual trick as an interface for creating music. As someone who thinks constantly about making music but has yet to figure out how to turn my humming into blazing rock or sultry jazz compositions I find these web-tools to be a fun way to divert my hands from regular air guitar, bass, key and drum sessions.
Most recently, Andre Michelle’s Tone Matrix crossed my browser’s path. It is an excellent example of interface design that elegantly balances the foundation of all sound (waves) with time and visual distance resulting in a tool that is both pretty and easy to use.
I’m tempted to write more, but the proof of this tool’s awesomeness is in its simplicity of use. If you are like me and yearn to make music more than your ability allows then it’s definitely worth at least thirty minutes of your time. If you are more sophisticated — as a musician or as a programmer — stop by Andre’s blog for more details.
Another nice thing about the Tone Matrix is that it allows you to export your samples. Here are a few of mine: