If you don’t know Color Chime then can I suggest that you give it a try? It is a very simple app, but actually it’s an app that really embodies what is great about mobile music making, or at the very least, one aspect of it, and that is ‘play’. Color Chime is a great app to just play with, and that’s what I’ve been doing with it since it came out.

So why am I so excited about a simple app like this?

Well, I think it’s simply because there’s no clutter. Color Chime is just about making some music quickly without any interface noise to get in the way. You don’t have to dig deep to find out what to do or how to operate it and it just works. There is a great deal to be said for that level of simplicity. It is really quite elegant.

I think that the other reason that I like it is that it does in some ways remind me of other similarly simple apps like NodeBeat, and also SynthPond too. Interfaces that were fun to use, engaging and caught your imagination.

As apps get bigger, more complex and sophisticated it is all too easy to forget that playing is really important. Playing for the sake of it, for fun and for relaxation is a very important part of how we use music, and it’s apps like Color Chime that really tick that box for me.

If I were you I’d click the button below and download it, as Color Chime is free on the app store and describes itself rather charmingly like this …

“Shapes, colors, sound! Make music in seconds with Color Chime.

Tap to create a melodic sound collage. Includes simple controls for timbre, scale, tempo, delay, filter cutoff and filter resonance.

Color Chime is an amusement park for your fingers and a bubble bath for your ears.”

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