Chrome Experiment Lets You Play Tunes With Friends In-Browser

Posted November 8

Over the last few years, it’s become extremely easy for bands to collaborate online — sometimes making music with people they’re never even met in real life. Today, Google launched a pretty neat-looking little Chrome experiment called JAM with Chrome that aims to make it simple for any level of musician to play with remote friends.

For those not familiar with Chrome Experiments, past projects have included Arcade Fire’s interactive, browser-based music video experience, “The Wilderness Downtown” and Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi’s “Three Dreams in Black.” Such experiments are built to 1). Be rad, 2). Showcase some cool new technologies within the browser, like HTML5, Canvas, SVG, and WebGL. JAM with Chrome specifically uses HTML5 features like the Web Audio API, Websockets, Canvas and CSS3.

When you fire up the service — which is having some connectivity issues at present — you’ll be able to choose from 19 different instruments and invite up to three friends to play with you. You can switch instruments whenever you like, and also play in “Easy Mode,” allowing you to explore instruments as well as toggle them over to autoplay. “Pro Mode” is also available for those of you who can jam via you keyboard with ease.

As we said, the service is having some connectivity issues right now, so we were not able to try it out ourselves, but we aim to explore it further once it’s operational.