Google’s new JAM with Chrome app to enable bands born on the web (video)

8 Nov 2012

The most successful rock bands in the world usually evolved from friends in schools or colleges, but Google’s new JAM with Chrome app will allow musicians to jam live online in real-time from anywhere in the world.

JAM with Chrome is an interactive web application that enables friends in different locations to play music together in the Chrome browser on their computers,” Emma Turpin from Google Creative Labs explained on the Google blog.

“No matter what your level of talent – from daydreaming air guitarist to music pro – you can JAM together in real-time over the web,” she said.

JAM with Chrome is a Chrome Experiment that uses the latest modern web technologies, including HTML5 features, such as the Web Audio API, Websockets, Canvas and CSS3.

Users can choose from a selection of 19 instruments, from acoustic guitars to drum kits and keyboards, and can switch instruments as often as they like

Users can switch from easy to pro mode and mess around with four different autoplay functions for strings, drum pads or keys.

Budding or pro musicians can invite up to three friends in different locations to join a JAM session via the sharing buttons on the site.


John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years