On Wednesday, Google announced the launch of the Chrome Music Lab as part of Music in Our Schools Month.
"This year, for Music in Our Schools Month, we wanted to help make learning about music a bit more accessible to everyone by using technology that's open to everyone: the web," said Google's Alex Chen, Coder and "Weekend Ukelele Hobbyist," in a Chrome blog post. Music in Our Schools Month began as a statewide advocacy day in New York in 1973 and expanded into a national, month-long celebration in 1985. The Chrome Web Lab allows users to "play with sound, rhythm, melody, and more" in a variety of fun, interactive experiments built with Google's Web Audio API. One of these experiments, called "Kandinsky," plays notes and music based on what you draw while another, "Voice Spinner," remixes your voice; all in all, the Chrome Music Lab offers 12 diverse music-making widgets. Users can program drum loops, learn about oscillators, and much more. In addition to launching these 12 widgets, Google said that it will also provide open-source code so others can build even more experiments.
"Exploring music can help spark curiosity in all kinds of ways. We hope these experiments inspire you – whether they give you a new perspective on music, make you more curious about math and science, or even make you think of new ways to teach or code," said Chen. You do not need any musical knowledge to use the Chrome Music Lab nor do you need to download any extensions or add-ons. The Music Lab is available now at g.co/musiclab.
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