As of 2013, the new, web version of SoundBow is now available here. This version is made with open web technologies that runs natively in your browser. It is built on html5's canvas and audio elements using the ProcessingJS library. It runs on any modern browser on all major desktop operating systems. A working version that supports mobile browsers and tablets is on its way in the near future... Please consider that speed and performance heavily relies on the hardware you are using. There might also appear some slight differences related to touch events (drawing) on different devices.

On the middle of March, the JavaScript version of SoundBow has been honoured by The Chrome Experiments team by including it in the carefully curated Chrome Experiments series.
The source for the web version is open and freely available from the projects's Github repository. Feel free to tweak & fork.


SoundBow is a musical instrument with a clean and simple visual interface. You can create music by drawing curves over the screen. Your gesture will be remembered and played back continuously. Each time your ever-looping gesture hits a string, a sound is produced. Apart from direct drawing, you can experiment by moving the strings and rescaling your instrument.

SoundBow is built with free and open source tools. The Android version is made with Processing & Pure Data (using libPd for Android ) for the sounds. SoundBow has been selected to receive the FWA Mobile Of The Day (MOTD) Award for 27th July 2012. Download it freely from Google play via the link below.

Get it on Google Play