Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chrome Music Lab

Ok, I’m not a music gooru, but this site is pretty fun.  It’s called the Chrome Music Lab.  Here’s Google’s description of the goal of the site:

“Music is for everyone. So this year for Music In Our Schools month, we wanted to make learning music a bit more accessible to everyone by using technology that’s open to everyone: the web. Chrome Music Lab is a collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music works. They're collaborations between musicians and coders, all built with the freely available Web Audio API. These experiments are just a start. Check out each experiment to find open-source code you can use to build your own.”

The site lets the user experiment with rhythms, chords, harmonics, strings, melody maker, oscillator, sound waves and more.  Science teachers can even use this one to enhance some of their units about waves and sound to help bring in their musically talented students.  For a non-music person, I spent at least a half an hour playing on the site and having a lot of fun. 

There’s also a really cool lab that let’s you see a visual spectrogram of a musical piece from different instruments or one that you record.

Here’s the link for those that are interested.

Please note that since it is a chrome tool, you will need to copy and paste the link into chrome if your computer doesn't default to using chrome as its browser. It will not work in Explorer, Firefox or Safari.  Sorry.