If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play Plink

By Adam Smith on May 1st, 2012 at 11:30 am.

At this point my speakers were emitting a sound that I can only describe as 'the cry of the Heavens as they fold in on themselves in the final cataclysm that marks the end of man's brief waking life.'

This is a thing to be treasured. Plink teams you up with strangers from an internet and demands that you make sweet music together. You can make discordant, ear-troubling ditties as well, that’s your choice, but the results tend toward the funky, perhaps even verging on groovy at times. It’s cheered me up no end this morning, moving a cursor up and down, clicking a button, even bopping my head in time to the beat at one point. If you find yourself playing with a plinker who seems hellbent on recreating the best of The Human League, you may well be sharing the decks with my good self. Chrome only, it seems.

Plink is the work of DinahMoe, “an integrated music and sound production house”. Anyone who wishes to complain that it isn’t new should approach the cheese board I have kindly laid out and take their beverage of choice with them. It’s new to me and, as the headline suggests, it carries The Bard’s seal of approval.

You just can’t argue with The Bard. Admittedly, that’s mostly because he’s dead but even if he were alive old Billy Shakes would most likely be a fearsome debater. He’d probably call you ‘a calumnious, disheartening popinjay of infinite trumbulations’ and then when school children were forced to read his plays hundreds of years in the future, their teachers would define ‘trumbulations’ by drawing an unflattering picture of you with no trousers on.

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29 Comments »

  1. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Sadly, it only appears to work on Google Chrome.

  2. The Tupper says:

    That is absolutely awesome.

  3. westyfield says:

    It’s rather special.

  4. TaroYamada says:

    I’m only human,of flesh and blood I’m made.
    Human, born to make mistakes!

  5. Arkanos says:

    For whatever reason, neither it nor ToneCraft work for me. Just the endless loading-circle. Despite the fact that I’m running the most up to date dev-version of chrome.

  6. Danman says:

    This is great. You have to press the left mouse button to play music. I was just moving my mouse up and down at first thinking i was making music.

  7. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    Impressive.

  8. Zanchito says:

    Man, this is lovely!

  9. dethtoll says:

    Google Chrome? Pass.

  10. Turbobutts says:

    To get the full Plink experience you need to download the latest version of Google Chrome.

    NO.

  11. Vraptor117 says:

    I keep getting a “You have been idle for too long” error immediately after loading. Anyone else getting that?

  12. mjig says:

    Hmmm, sound doesn’t seem to work for me, don’t have it on mute, and can hear all other sounds from Chrome.

  13. WMain00 says:

    Heh, that is pretty cool!

  14. Tiax says:

    Any way I can play this with my friends ?

  15. yhancik says:

    Oh that was great :D !

  16. elhreno says:

    Nice.

  17. crazydane says:

    Doesn’t appear to work on google chrome beta. Seems to work on regular google chrome.

  18. Josh W says:

    This game is amazing, you get these moments with absolute strangers where you’re actually making quite an awesome jam session. We had a bit where lag threw us out into this polyrhythmic loop and then we just kept it going for ages, in this weird broken groove.

  19. Rei Onryou says:

    If I ever wanted to make a game soundtrack, I found how I’d do it =D

  20. Phantoon says:

    This is probably one of the greatest things, ever.

  21. Super_walrus says:

    Does anyone know how to make the sound work with this? This sounds really awesome.

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