KS1 - Free Browser Based Music Software
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Browser based free software
Chrome Experiments - Kandinsky - KS1 & 2
Chrome Experiments - Kandinsky
KS1 and 2 - https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Kandinsky - Kandinsky is a visually engaging piece of software that allows users to draw shapes and lines. These graphics are interpreted by the software as a range of instruments and sounds in a range of pitches. Because of the free time nature of what is produced, this software could be used as a safe starting point for younger pupils, helping to build positive musical experiences in an engaging way.
Chrome Experiments – Melody Maker - KS1, 2 & 3
Chrome Experiments – Melody Maker
KS1, 2 and 3 - https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Melody-Maker - Melody maker is a piece of software which allows learners to quickly create single note melodies using 8 beats. The tempo can be altered and there is a delay effect which can be added to create a nice effect.
Chrome Experiments – Rhythm - KS1 & 2
Chrome Experiments – Rhythm
KS1 and 2 - https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Rhythm - Rhythm is a colourful tool which, due to its animated characters, would likely be appealing to younger students. Rhythm allows for learners to compose and explore in a range of time signatures including 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8 (or 6/4). With simple and limited graphic notation, pupils can create their own rhythms in the variety of given time signatures.
Chrome Experiments – Voice Spinner - KS1 & 2
Chrome Experiments – Voice Spinner
KS1 and 2 - https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Voice-Spinner - Voice spinner is a simple piece of software which allows learners to quickly record and manipulate a short snippet of their voice (or any other sound they choose). They can manipulate the pitch of the recording or play the recording in reverse at various pitches.
Music Shake - KS1, 2, 3 & 4
KS1, 2, 3 and 4 - http://eng.musicshake.com/create/ - Music Shake is a piece of software that offers a large range of loops in different keys, tempos and genres. These loops can then be layered and arranged, using a format similar to other professional loop based software. There is a quick start option, to allow a range of loops to be preselected for quick creations, or you can start from scratch, selecting and choosing loops according to preference.
Pixel Synth - KS1, 2 & 3
KS1, 2 and 3 - https://ojack.github.io/PIXELSYNTH/ - Pixel Synth is a very unique and interesting piece of software which musically responds to graphical information. Specifically, users can either draw or upload an image to the software for it to interpret as pitches. A timeline moves across the screen triggering pitches as it encounters changes in the image. The tempo, scale, starting note and octave ranges can all be set by the user.
Sheep Beats - KS1, 2 & 3
KS1, 2 and 3 - http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/sheep_beats - Sheep beats is a visually fun and simple piece of software based around creating drum rhythms. Using a midi style note entry system, the user can compose a single bar using either the kick, snare or hi hat sound. This can then be layered with a double bass and keyboard type sound to create a one bar riff. Colourfully animated, this software can be used to help teach rhythm composition.
Tonematrix - KS1 & 2
KS1 and 2 -http://tonematrix.audiotool.com/ - Tonematrix is a responsive, visual and easy to use piece of software. Based on a grid matrix system, users enter in blocks to create different rhythms and pitches. This could be used to create a live interpretation to moving image by building and taking away notes.