You Are Games returns with a musical challenge this week. Introducing Nudge, a simple to use musical composition webtoy that gives everyone the ability to create pleasant sounding melodies. And we want to hear what you can do with it.
We're not talking full length symphonies here. Nudge creates only short pieces consisting of 16 steps each (about 4 beats). The palette of 8 sounds available range from drums and bass to organs and harps. Just click on one of the sound matrices along the right side to select an instrument. Then click (and drag if you wish) anywhere to add notes. It's just that easy.
For each instrument you can also change the volume, panning left or right, and you can even turn the instrument off completely. This is particularly useful for when you want to make fine tuning adjustments to your composition as it can get somewhat distracting working on one instrument if you have all the others going at the same time.
A tempo control allows you to change the tempo of the entire composition. The default is 120 (beats per minute), and the range is 60 to 180.
When you are finished and satisfied with your composition, follow these instructions:
- Click on the get + share button in the top right of the Nudge widget
- Click on the chain link you see on the left
- Click copy to copy a link to your piece
- Then paste it into your comment here on this review page along with a description or something that inspired you about it.
Also, please comment on the pieces of others, and if there is a consensus about a clear winner (or two), we may even offer up a prize.
I have included a sample composition that Dr. Mikey created as an example only. Please don't use it to begin your own. Start off with a blank canvas by going to the Nudge site.
Let loose your inner musician!