Last week, I came across some pretty interesting music-based tools that I think could be useful in the classroom. Check ’em out:
Virtual Piano Music Sheets – Learn to play your favorite song, explore some brand new music or try out a classic piano piece! Search for songs by song title or music artist. You can also use the tags underneath songs to bring up other songs of the same genre, by the same artist or from a particular country. Here’s a playlist of the top 5 virtual pianists from their competition in 2014:
ChipTone – A tool for creating your own sound effects, completely free to use for things like games but they could be used for anything you like! All sounds created using ChipTone are FREE to use for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, under the CC0 licence. This one’s a lot of fun to play with. Once you’ve created your sound effect, it’s very easy to save the file as a .wav file for use in anything.
Tone Matrix – An incredibly simple tool for creating beautiful sounds. To use Tone Matrix, simply click and drag your mouse across the matrix. This will generate the sound. Be sure to play around with it to get a true feel for it. The melodies it creates are wonderful. If you want to add drums or make something a bit more complex, click on Add Drums at the bottom and it will open up the full (much more complicated but amazing) version of AudioTool.
BitListen – This is one of my favorites. Are you familiar with BitCoin, the virtual currency? BitListen is a realtime Bitcoin transaction visualizer. As BitCoin transactions are made, you not only see them but hear them as well. The sound produced is incredibly relaxing. In fact, as I’m writing this, I found myself just staring into space listening to the chimes and tones generated by BitCoin transaction around the world. Thereare three ways to listen to BitListen. My favorite is Celesta (think wind chime.) Other choice include Planet (think electronic strings) and Wikki (reminds me of electronic keyboard synthesizers.) It’s fantastic. Check it out.