Making Music with Free Tools

I think there is a point in every persons life where they think they can become a musician. While listening to some music, I began to think how cool it would be if I could produce my own music. I didn’t know how to play any instruments, but I was willing to learn along the way. Some of the big name music producers use expensive software and high tech recording equipment to make their music, but I couldn’t afford any of that. I took a more frugal route by looking for free mobile applications that could get the job done just as well.

One of the programs that I downloaded was like a mixing board. There were a list of sounds that represent different instruments and effects that you could choose from, and you arrange them along a grid. When you play your creation, a line moves along the grid and when it comes in contact with one of the sounds that you’ve placed on it, it plays that sound, kind of like how a player piano plays a note when it comes across one of the holes in a paper feed. The sounds can be arranged on the grid in different time intervals to create some catchy beats.

The first song I made sounded like a jumbled mash of sounds. It sounded better in my head than it did in real life. Once I got the hang of the program, I fixed the timing of the song and it was much better. I even learned how to play the piano a little bit while making the song. The program has a small piano for playing notes, and using it enough helped me learn the placement of the different notes. On a full sized piano, I can play a simple song like Jingle Bells.