Hobnox Audiotool lets you create your own electronic music

If you’ve been looking for something a bit like Garage Band that you can use on a PC or a Mac, you might like Hobnox Beta’s Audiotool and Tone Matrix, which works directly from your browser.

The Audiotool looks and acts like a mixing board and you use your mouse to turn on the instruments and rhythms you want to use. It’s not exactly intuitive, but it’s hard to mess things up and you can get a rhythm going just by clicking a couple buttons and hitting the play button. The tool itself took a bit to load, but once it was open I didn’t experience any delays of the tool.  Though if you don’t have a broadband connection you  might have a hard time using this tool.

In addition to the instuments, there is something called the tone matrix. The user clicks on as many or as few dots as she wants and when the play button is pushed everything comes together to create, hopefully, something that sounds good. I wasn’t able to produce anything that sounded TOO terrible.

Recording is easy. You hit the record button in the upper left corner and you can record up to 5 minutes at a time. The recorded file is saved to “myFiles” where you have 2,048 MB of storage. If you want more storage than that, you will probably be able to buy a premium account soon.

The file is saved in OGG format so it’s easy to download the file and then put it into another audio editor like Audacity if you want.

I will have to continue playing with this tool more to see if I can really get something that would work as background music for a podcast or video. What I have been able to create so far sounds very generic and electronic.  Here are some examples of songs created using the Audiotool, but beware this page crashed my browser once.

The Audiotool isn’t the only thing Hobnox has. The welcome message says you can:

– WATCH: Videos on Hobnox-TV or images, videos and music uploaded by other users on the Stage
– CONNECT: find new friends and/or like-minded patricipants and start a music, film or art project in the Community
– CREATE: create a blog and check out the Noxtools to make music or to go on air with your own livestream

Let me know what you think about Hobnox and its Audiotool.

Digital journalism class examines changing news industry

Communication professor Kathy Gill’s digital journalism class explored the future of news and created multimedia stories during the spring. Check out their insightful blog, The Future of News.

Here are links to their individual projects:

Adam: UW Student Serves As Translator in Ecuador

Andrew: Duncan’s Glorious Summer

Jeff: Raiders Softball

Michelle: Interview With Potential Communication Student

Paul: Spot.us – Crowdfunded Journalism

Reisha: Twitter As PR Tool

Ryan: Magical Heroine

Sarah: New Technologies in the 13th Coast Guard District

Scott: Where’s my paycheck? Thoughts on the future of journalism

Master’s students required to Twitter during class

Educators take note: Here’s how one UW Digital Media class is using Twitter in the classroom. Digital media master’s students are required to Twitter during class in lieu of, or in addition to, asking questions. The Tweets are projected at the front of the room using TweetDeck so everyone can see what everyone else is thinking.