Plink is a very original idea. It’s an online, collaborative, multiplayer music making toy made byDinahmoe. It uses Node.js and WebSockets to create an multi-user “chatroom” but instead of entering text to have a chat, the interface generates music!
Check out a video of it in action: http://vimeo.com/26271666
There are some cool things going on here. On the client, they’re using the Web Audio API (available in recent versions of Chrome and Safari) to dynamically play sounds, and WebSockets to make the experience live and interactive. They’re using Node.js on the server.
It’s worth noting that the sounds all come from a pentatonic scale. This is why the music miraculously doesn’t sound cluttered or discordant, even when lots of people are playing. You’ve probably experienced something similar if you’ve ever tried playing just the black keys on a piano: no matter what order you play them, you just can’t go wrong.
Each instrument is sampled across 16 tones. Try some of them to hear what I mean:
Still, a very innovative use of the Web Audio API and quite fun to play with.
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