Today’s Google homepage celebrates the theremin. The theremin…well, just go there, you’ll see. It’s a strange instrument (the musician has no contact with it) that creates an eerie sound that will be familiar to you from horror movie soundtracks.
But that’s not why I’m posting. Below the search box you will see a link “Explore how music works.” If you use the Chrome or Firefox web browsers, definitely click on that (sorry, Internet Explorer users, it won’t work for you). The link will take you to Google’s Chrome Music Lab, where you can play with different ways of visualizing music and sound and you can make some music. You can create a drawing and hear what kind of music is produced when it is “played” (click on the drawing, the Kandinsky module). You can see colorful spectrograms of the sounds of different instruments, see how chords and arpeggios works, and how the length of a string affects its pitch. You will even be treated to a little Bach if you click on the dashed bars on the bottom line (the Piano Roll module).
Suitable for kids and former kids. Go play music.
As Google says in the About statement, “Music is for everyone.”