guitar Google launches Chrome based music collaboration web app

Google has launched a music creation web app for its Chrome browser that lets one or more people play guitars, keyboards and drums together live.

Google has launched a music creation web app for its Chrome browser that lets one or more people play guitars, keyboards and drums together live.

 
The aptly-titled JAM with Chrome is a “Chrome Experiment” using HTML5, including Web Audio API, Websockets, Canvas and CSS3.
 
We gave the app a try and found it amusing and surprisingly versatile. Users can choose from 19 different instruments, likely with more to come, and there are different modes available depending on previous musical expertise.
 
drums Google launches Chrome based music collaboration web app
 
The easy mode allows individual string, pad or key clicks, or a useful autoplay feature for those of us without musical talent, allowing for some good tunes with little effort. The more advanced pro mode lets people use their keyboard to play, an important option, since clicking really is not fast enough for proper simulation of a real instrument.
 
One thing it seems to lack is a Record button, which could have worked nicely with an upload to YouTube, but we expect Google will add something like this eventually.
 
keyboard Google launches Chrome based music collaboration web app
 
Up to four people can play together, with users able to invite friends to a session via a special link, or even post to Google+, Facebook or Twitter to see who shows up for a jam. However, you might want to soundproof your walls before hitting that Invite button.
 
If that has not sold you on JAM with Chrome, perhaps some musical animals might.