Melody Jams

Fact Sheet

James Bartley
Based in Brooklyn, NY
Based in San Francisco, CA
Release Date:
March 2016
Press & Inquiries:
1242 Market St
Floor 2
San Francisco, CA 94102


Melody Jams is the new awesome way to become a rockstar. Mix and match your favorite characters in fun combinations to create your own songs, then jump in and play along! Join your melody jam band on the road to meet new friends, play new instruments, and experience the fun of making music with others. Get out there and jam!

Melody Jams is a project that combines so many of our passions: Music, animation, interactivity, and pure joy. As a small group of designers, animators, and developers who spent their childhood creating music with friends, we wanted to re-create that experience for people of all ages. Meeting new people with different styles and personalities made for great new experiences, memories, and friendships growing still till this day.

Stay posted as we work hard to create new jams, new instruments, and new friends to extend the Melody Jams tour!


  • Exciting animations
  • You choose the sounds you want!
  • Mix different melodies around to create your own music.
  • Play along with fun and exciting instruments.
  • Each monster has multiple sounds and animations. Drag around to discover them all!
  • Start in “The Garage” for free, and buy awesome Jams for even more fun!

Musicians in “The Garage”

  • Mark on Rhythm Guitar
  • Mary on Lead Guitar
  • Max on Keytar
  • Meg on Tambourine
  • Mel on Drums
  • Michelle on Flute
  • Micky on Trumpet
  • Mike on Conga Drums
  • Miller on Vibraphones
  • Milly on Bass
  • Mo on Violin
  • Moose on Drums


Melody Jams began as a project with the best intentions. James Bartley wanted to make something that could combine all his life-long passions. He wanted to bring together other creatives friends and make something wonderful. Naturally he immediately signed up for night school to learn iOS development. “I use to write AS2 in Flash and build websites in Dreamweaver 10 year ago, so how hard can this be?” he muttered to himself. It quickly became obvious that the world of app development is very complex world and he would need some help.

In the meanwhile, James began meeting with musician friends Nathan Mckee and Hani Zahra. Nathan and James write music together in a band in NYC and Hani runs a small recording studio in Brooklyn. Together they helped craft the vision of what Melody Jams might look and sound like.

One day James met a mutual friend of Jamie’s, who recommended Arbitrary in spite of being a dev shop and 3000 miles apart. The two hit it off immediately and quickly got to work. Jamie and his team at Arbitrary worked with James to bring Melody Jams to life. 4 short months later the app was live for kids and everyone to enjoy.


James Bartley is a freelance After Effects Animator and C4D Generalist currently based in NYC. He graduated from the Digital Design program at Vancouver Film School in 2009 where he studied Motion Design and Interactive Media. Prior to that, he received a BA in Graphic Design deep in the Pinelands of New Jersey, where he is originally from. Over the past six years he's had the opportunity to freelance at some amazing Design & Animation studios in NYC, LA, and Vancouver. During that time he's also worked with MoMA's Design Group where he assisted with a number of media campaigns for upcoming exhibitions as well as spent time at Google's Creative Lab thinking up future things. When he's not on the computer he tries to stay young playing in his rock band. He enjoys good conversation and collaborations so feel free to contact him if you have any questions or want to chat about future projects.

Arbitrary is a designed-minded development studio based in San Francisco, CA. Our founder, Jamie Kosoy, is a programmer, creative tinkerer, artist and educator. Our work has received wide and varied praise, including recognition at Cannes and the Museum of the Moving Image.

Nathan Mckee was raised in the Alaskan wilderness, but now calls Brooklyn home. He's spent countless hours in record stores sorting through dusty bins, in basements without earplugs in front of half stacks, and onstage with wonderful musicians and friends. Currently, he plays Balinese gamelan on the weekends, records under his own name and performs in his project Shaker Triplets. He can think of nothing more worthwhile than making music.

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