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Johny Radio's Hand-Picked Musical Web Toys & Tools johnyradio@inyourear.org

A collection of free, fun, web-based, music and sound producing toys and tools. Includes a mutating windchime, toys that twist your instrument or turn your voice into visual art, gorgeous drones, a visual harp, a fractal synthesizer, faithfully-modeled 808 and 909 drum machines, a modeled plucked string, reverbs, MIDI multitrackers, and full-fledged recording studios.

Legend (this is a work-in-progress: not all entries are marked)

   JSyn - Items marked JSyn require the JSyn Plugin. Need admin rights to install:
   http://www.softsynth.com/jsyn/plugins/
   (To close JSyn apps is to browse away from web-page containing JSyn app)
   MIC - Requires microphone
   MIDI - Sends or receives MIDI
   BPM - Adjustable Beats Per Minute
   Rhythm - Rhythmic music (cannot sync to external tempo, unless marked MIDI or BPM)
   Drone - Non-rhythmic drone, texture, or ambiance
   Single - Single triggered note-events
   Note: Toys not marked JSyn require Flash Player or Java

EASY - Kids of All Ages

   Noise (Rhythm):
   http://www.zefrank.com/webnoise/index.html
   Froggy (MIC):
   http://www.zefrank.com/frog/frog.html
   Dreamy (MIC):
   http://www.zefrank.com/meditation_flowers/
   Sound Letters (Single):
   http://www.zefrank.com/snm/index.html
   Windchime (JSyn, drone):
   http://www.softsynth.com/jsyn/examples/pinwheel.html
   Techno (Rhythm):
   http://www.tony-b.org
   Drum Machine (Rhythmic):
   http://www.zefrank.com/sequencer/index.html
   Birds (JSyn):
   http://www.softsynth.com/jsyn/examples/tj_birds.php
   Granular Synthesis - Klangstaub - Dust of sound (JSyn)
   http://www.nefkom.net/wf/harm/harmonia/Klangstaub/plasma2.html
   Lambdoma (JSyn)
   http://www.nefkom.net/wf/harm/harmonia/Lambdoma/Lambdoma.html
   JLooch Delicious Drones (very slow attack) (JSyn)
   http://music.columbia.edu/~brad/jlooch
   Nick's Beast Analog Synthesizer (Drone, Rhythm)
   http://www.nicksworldofsynthesizers.com/flashbeast.php
   Dot Music
   http://www.exploratorium.edu/music/exhibits/dotmixer/

Intermediate

   Drum Machine:
   http://www.rinki.net/pekka/monkey2/monkey.html
   Plucked String (JSyn)
   http://www.softsynth.com/jsyn/examples/tj_pluck1.php
   Rhythmicon - inspired by Henry Cowell.
   http://musicmavericks.publicradio.org/rhythmicon/#play
   AudioTool - one of the most powerful production tools in this list. If launcher freezes, reload page. May take a long time to load, but worth it.
   http://www.audiotool.com/app
   Mandelbrot Fractal Music
   http://www.algomusic.com/jmsl/examples/MandelMusic.shtml

Advanced

   Frequency Modulation (JSyn)
   http://www.softsynth.com/jsyn/examples/fmlab.php
   Manipulate sounds in your environment (MIC)
   http://www.punosmusic.com/pages/musicforhotspots/index.html
   Loop Machine
   http://www.doctornerve.org/nerve/pages/interact/loopmachine/loopmachine.shtml

Collaborative Recording Studios

   Kompoz
   http://www.kompoz.com
   JamStudio
   http://www.jamstudio.com
   Aviary
   http://aviary.com/tools/music-creator
   More
   http://www.wired.com/entertainment/music/commentary/listeningpost/2007/04/listeningpost_0430
   Scroll down for more
   http://www.masternewmedia.org/music_collaboration/music_jamming/online_music_collaboration_software_20050715.htm 

Loop Sequencers/Remixers

   Loop Labs ("in the final phases of development of several new and exciting interactive audio tools")
   http://www.looplabs.com/
   collaborative scoring, but there may be more user-friendly tools out there
   http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1655-music-collaboration-via-git

Scoring

   NoteFlight
   http://www.noteflight.com/login

More Toys & Tools!

   http://www.squidoo.com/freemusiccreationsoftware

Promises Future Releases

   http://www.ohmstudio.com/
   http://www.youphonics.com

Add your suggestions below! Requirements: free, fun, functional, web-based, music and sound producing toys and tools.

   Cranky Scale Generator http://www.arilacenski.com/projects/scales (Drone, Single)
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