Who, Where, Why

Alchemy was intiated by Karl D.D. Willis and Jacob Hina as a way to explore and experiment with alternative ways of drawing. Karl has developed other experimental drawing systems such Light Tracer and TwelvePixels, while Jacob created the original ‘Symmskribbl’ mirror drawing application and is constantly making marks on paper. Alchemy is currently being developed in Tokyo, Japan, with the generous support of the Exploratory Software Project.


Alchemy is written in Java, so can run on most platforms.
At this stage we support Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.
Alchemy requires the Java Runtime Environment version 1.5 or above.
Individual modules may have other requirements such as an internet connection or a microphone installed.

License and Contributing

Alchemy is released under the GNU General Public License, making it free for everyone to use and contribute too. We are actively seeking people to develop Java modules for Alchemy and will post documentation about this online for the full public release.

Source Code

For those interested in checking out the source code, the Subversion repository is availble to browse online here: http://svn.al.chemy.org/. There will also be documentation online in the near future detailing how to make an Alchemy module. But for now if you have any questions, please post them in the forum.


Email: alchemy [at] al [dot] chemy [dot] org