Monday, April 16, 2012

NodeBeat: Free Kindle Fire App 4/16

Title: NodeBeat
Rating: 4.5 stars over 17 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: NodeBeat is an experimental node-based audio sequencer and generative music application. By combining music and playful exploration, NodeBeat allows anyone to create an exciting variety of rhythmic sequences and ambient melodies in a fun and intuitive fashion. Enjoy easy navigation, including drag-and-drop to add or remove nodes, double-tap to start or stop octave generators, and a quick shake to clear the screen.

Generators and Notes make up the two types of nodes. Generators pulse and play Notes within proximity. A Note is played in sequence, based on the distance it is from its connected Generator. Pause nodes to create your own beats or let them roam free to have them generate their own.

Create your own music in a matter of minutes or listen to NodeBeat generate its own. Easily share your creations with others or save them for later to show your friends. From the professional to the novice, NodeBeat lets anyone explore creative music.

Get your free copy of NodeBeat!


  1. Ah, look! I knew it would happen again *points to Toyota message* :)

    1. Yeah! Interesting that it would be Toyota again. I wondered if maybe they'd have different sponsors, but maybe Toyota will pop up once a week. Both the ratings and the content of this app do make it seem like a prime choice.

    2. Doesn't really bother me or anything, but I think it's a smart thing that they jumped in first with.

      NodeBeat has been interesting so far. I wish it came with some instructions. There are like little lights you can place which, when connected to others, make musical notes. The different colors make different sounds, and this is where some kind of information would be nice. Some make cymbal sounds, others make drum sounds, and so on.

      It's been fun, though I'm not musically inclined. I've made some interesting little tunes, but nothing I'd write home about. It does have different waveform types, so you can even make original GameBoy-esque tunes. It does have an automatic mode where the app makes its own music, and you can manipulate their song.

      For creating, I think it'd be best to start with a blank slate and listen to each of the node types. Maybe there are some hidden documentation that I didn't stumble across, but exploring the nodes is still fun! For advanced users, there's even detailed options like the ability to change the beats-per-minute (BPM), the key of the notes, and even synchronization options.

    3. Thanks for letting us know, John. They have a website: but it doesn't seem like there are any additional instructions there. Just good for fooling around I guess. :)


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