JamStudio is a nifty online music mixer where you can compose and publish your own tunes. You put music keys on the score, select instruments, set tempo, etc:

jamstudio

You can create multiple “pages” of music; I just played quickly to create two “originals” (hah, just quick futzing around):

Cowboy Glitter [448k MP3]

Rain on the Road [568l MP3]

See this video for how it works:

You can play around with it for free, to save as MP3 (which are emailed to you as links), you have to get a $10/month account, but there is a 10 day full feature trial period.

However, I did notice at the bottom (which ugh is flash, so you cannot copy text to paste as a description), they offer free accounts for teachers and students, which might be a useful for schools lacking music instruments??

jamstudio-classroom

Wanna Jam? You can do it w/o any music knowledge, as I can clearly demonstrate my lack thereof; if you have some, you can do a lot better!

The post "Did Not Get that Music Toy you wanted for Xmas? Try JamStudio" was originally rescued from the bottom of a stangant pond at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2008/12/jamstudio/) on December 26, 2008.

4 Comments

  • Larry Miller

    Alan – this is a great find. I can’t wait to mess around with it. Thanks!

  • Jamstudio 2.0 | Phil Kirkman kirki.co.uk/main/?p=114

    […] to Alan Levine and Stephen Downes for bringing Jamstudio.com to my […]

  • Hi Alan. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I am currently researching the impact of computer mediated environments on secondary studnets’ compositional development and am always keen to seen new developments in this area. I have also taken a look at Jamstudio and reviewed it on my blog. I think that JamStudio is a great idea but needs more development for us to see any benefits over really cheap (or free) existing home PC/MAC programs (like Ejay or Garageband). The collaborative aspects of noteflight (noteflight.com) are much better and it’s a shame that Jamstudio don’t offer similar opportunities for sharing. See Alex Ruthman’s blog (alexruthmann.com/blog/) for a useful review of noteflight. Thanks again. Phil.

    • Alan Levine aka CogDog cogdogblog.com

      @Phil- thanks for the read and your post about JamStudio- it certainly does not rival a desktop app, but is not so bad. I had not looked deeper that the Education Grants were US only, that is short sighted in a flat world. Thanks for tip on Noteflight

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