KS2 - Free Browser Based Music Software
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Browser based free software
Chrome Experiments - Kandinsky - KS1 & 2
Chrome experiments - Kandinsky
KS1 & 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 & 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.
Html5drummer - KS2, 3 & 4
KS2, 3 &4 - http://www.html5drummachine.com/ - Html5drummer is a fairly simple and quick tool that can be used to compose a drum beat. With an "old school" drum machine type appearance; this software can be used to compose two separate bars from a range of drum and percussion styles including: Hip Hop, Electro, House, Techno and Acoustic. Bars can be bounced down to WAV for use and manipulation in other software.
Music Shake - KS1, 2, 3 & 4
KS1, 2, 3 & 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.
Notessimo - KS2
KS2 - http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/notessimo – Notessimo is a quick and simple piece of software that allows users to select from a large range of instrument sounds. These sounds can be entered on a stave, using graphic representations of the chosen instrument, to create melodies and rhythms. More than one instrument sound can be layered together to stimulate conversations about texture.
Novation Launchpad Arcade - KS2, 3 & 4
Novation Launchpad Arcade
KS2, 3 & 4 - https://intro.novationmusic.com/harry-coade?overlay=intro – Launchpad Arcade is a versatile tool which can be used to create live arrangements and performances using an extensive range of loops from a large range of genres. Some samples can be triggered to play and loop automatically, allowing for learners to focus on timbre, texture and arrangement. Alternatively, some samples can be triggered, using the keyboard, and need to be held down in order for them to carry on playing. This allows for pupils to develop skills relating to live performance, time keeping, rhythm (as well as selecting samples with timbre, texture and arrangement in mind).
Pixel Synth - KS1, 2 & 3
KS1, 2 & 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.
Sampulator - KS2, 3 & 4
KS2, 3 & 4 - http://sampulator.com/ - Sampulator is can be a live performance tool, with samples being triggered rhythmically using the computer keyboard, or a compositional tool, with samples being played in, edited and arranged to create up to 16 bars. As well as a good offering of high quality drum and percussion sounds, there are a selection of vocal samples, including some from the recognisable voices of Drake and DJ Khaled, that can be triggered and sequenced into composed bars. There are several examples which can be shown to learners to help inspire.
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 & 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.