Isle of Tune
Imagine driving your car along a road on a magical island. As you pass by every lamppost and tree, you hear music, and a sound comes out of every house. Could such a whimsical place exist? Possibly, but not yet. In the meantime, you can fiddle with Isle of Tune, an audio webtoy where you can design an entire musical city. (Note that we do not recommend driving your car into your computer.)
At the bottom of the grid, your island, you'll find a small toolbar containing the tools you'll need to start building. Roads are, naturally, the pathways your cars will travel on. As your car passes by trees, bushes, houses, and lampposts, the notes or sounds associated with the object the car passes by will play. After you place an object on the grid, you can adjust its specific properties by clicking on it, such as what note/sound is heard, or even when the note plays, allowing for a bit of syncopation in your music. When you've got everything in place, hit the "Go" button and watch your musical town come to life.
Isle of Tune is a fairly simple webtoy, with a mere six elements that you can control to create a variety of sounds. Simple in the lack of any ability to change the key of the scale or the speed at which the cars move (you mean to tell me no one speeds around this neighborhood?). And yet there's just enough tools available to let you create some rather intricate loops. Search through the Top 50 list, and you'll hear some user-made renditions of classic songs. The pre-made loops are a great way to get an island started, and the simple sharing system is good for spreading your island creations with everyone.
Convenient, that, because that's exactly what we want you to do! We're turning you loose and want you to go crazy with Isle of Tune and show us what you can do with it. Try to come up with a catchy tune to drive around to. Once you finish your musical paradise, be sure to give it a name and use the Share function to generate a link so that everyone can check out your work. Post the link in a comment for us, because we want to hear it!