Music is what most people enjoy. Thus, making learning fun through hands-on experimentation will encourage playing with rhyme, sound and melody.
Google created the Chrome Music Lab (CML) in 2016. It is an easy-to-use online resource for music students and teachers.
Coders and musicians have teamed up with Chrome and web audio, using freely available tools that let you use code to create sound.
The goal of the Chrome Music Lab is to give visitors the ability to visualize sound and touch it to see how it looks, learn how a melody works, create rhythms, and turn drawings into music.
The CML website has sections called Experiments that allow anyone of any age to learn how music works. Each experiment has a different focus, such as piano, composition, harmonics, voice spinner, and sound waves.
How does the Chrome Music Lab work?
Chrome Music Lab is an intuitive and simple music program. Bright and colorful details make it accessible and comfortable for people of all ages.
CML is open source so musicians and programmers can do their own experiments. Any user on any device can instantly open it and start playing, without waiting for the download and installation of the application.
The easier it is for someone to learn music, the more attractive it is for everyone to show curiosity, creativity and inspiration. Many experiments can only be carried out immediately and on the spot. This means that you will not be able to download, export or share your work.
Two experiments let you share, embed, and upload your creations. These two experiments are Song Maker and Melody Maker.
How to Create Ringtone Using Chrome Music Lab
Start by going to the CML website and clicking on the Melody Maker tab. You can see the name of each experiment by placing your cursor inside the block.
Melody maker has a simple interface. Just click on different fields. Each box has different markings. Try checking a few boxes, and then click Play to hear your own melody.
The lower the block, the lower the sound. To change the speed, move the blue ball to the left to make it slower.
Make the music faster by moving the blue ball to the right.
Play around with the boxes until you create what you like. Click a sound to remove it. The melody below is the first part of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
The orange button next to the play button repeats the melody you created.
How to use Chrome Music Lab Song Maker
The Chrome Music Lab song maker is the most extensive project with many different options that you can use.
The default screen is two octaves. As with Melody Maker, you click the colored boxes to hear the notes associated with each box.
The bold blue lines every two squares represent one lobe. Alternating gray and white sections represent musical measures.
Clicking on the Marimba icon at the bottom will change the sound to a different instrument.
Additional parameters for melodic instruments: piano, strings, woodwind and synthesizer.
To erase or delete a note, tap it. If you want to delete several at once, hold down the mouse button and drag the cursor over the notes you want to delete.
Or you can use the “Undo” button in the lower right corner.
With Song Maker, you can play multiple notes at once to make them sound like a chord.
Use the blocks tab at the bottom of the screen to change the rhythm sounds. Options are Conga, Electronics, Blocks, and Kit.
Change your speed or pace by moving the blue ball at the bottom.
Try different options to choose the one you like best. You can also use the microphone icon to record your voice or any other sound you want to add.
When you’re done creating your song, click the Save button in the bottom right corner. You will see a popup with a link to view your song
Or you can share your song on Facebook and Twitter, copy the embed code to a webpage, or download a Midi or Wav file.
How to create harmony and harmony
If there is something on your canvas and you want to start another project, click Reload in the upper right corner of the screen.
Start by holding the mouse for two strokes and zooming in as shown in the screenshot below.
Create harmony in thirds by adding blocks as shown in the screenshot below. We’ve added two beats to blocks 2, 3, 4, and 5 below, showing the spacing of thirds. Listen to harmony here.
Now let’s create chords from harmony in the Chrome Music Lab Add a fifth interval to create each of the chords in the screenshot below.
Hear how the chords sound here.
How to Make Great Sounds with Chrome Music Lab Oscillators
To get started, go to the main CML page and click “Oscillators”.
Oscillators make a sound by vibrating at a specific frequency at a constant rate. Change frequencies by dragging the widget up or down. Use the arrows to change the oscillator type.
Give it a try by going to https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Oscillators/ Move the oscillators up and down and listen to the sounds they make.
What does Spectrogram do?
View the frequencies that make up sound in colorful images with Spectrogram.
Compare the spectrograms of different sounds. Start by selecting an instrument or sound source at the bottom of the screen.
The image below shows a visual representation of the frequencies produced by the harp.
You can also use the microphone to record your own sounds, or draw on the screen to create abstract funky sounds.
Start creating music and sounds with the Chrome Music Lab
Are you ready to play around with Chrome Music Lab and see what kind of sounds and music you can create? It’s easy to get started. Head over to the CML site and try out some experiments.