Have You Tried Chrome Music Lab?

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Have You Tried Chrome Music Lab?

Post by Jim_Fogle » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:14 pm

Google has opened https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/. Chrome Music Lab is a group of experiments centered around music. Has anyone played with any of the experiments?
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Re: Have You Tried Chrome Music Lab?

Post by Zoetrope » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:03 pm

Looks more like a learning tool than music creation too. Not that that's a bad thing.
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Re: Have You Tried Chrome Music Lab?

Post by Jim_Fogle » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:23 pm

I believe that anything that will help people maintain an interest in music is a good thing.
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Re: Have You Tried Chrome Music Lab?

Post by Mugwump » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:23 am

The only sad thing about these new tools is that they do nothing at all yet to address the rampant musical illiteracy among today's school children. Where is the staff? Where is a simple melody written in standard music notation. I go to a music store and see garbage on the racks from publishers who are still obsessed with doing nothing but cutting down trees to print sheet music. When we already have the technology to create sheet music for the web but the music industry is still stuck in the 20th century and this fact is killing musical literacy. A VERY SAD state of affairs when a simple music stand could hold a sheet music display device and display any work written at any time in history from anywhere in the world. Music notation is a universal language and if it dies because of the stupid idiots who run the publishing industry then the most important communication method that crosses social and language boundaries also dies.

Indeed it seems that the real potential for greater musical literacy for all is being missed by today's society. Instead so called "music education" technology is little more than an exercise in artificial noise making with a myriad of pathetic synthetically produced noise making interfaces. Gone are the days when a group of young singers or musicians can just read the song and sing play along. Heaven forbid that anyone actually create a web based interface to practice or learn the notation of a tunes and intervals! Or create a decent interface to use a touch screen as a real music notation device!
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Re: Have You Tried Chrome Music Lab?

Post by Zoetrope » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:36 am

You raise an interesting point. When I was in grade school we all had "music class" where we learned to make horrible noise on the recorder and glockenspiel while learning how to read music. This wasn't an elective, it was a normal class like math and reading and all the rest. I suspect most public schools in the US no longer offer such a class. Without getting into the politics of public education funding and policy, I think we all as musicians can agree that the demise of such programs is a great loss.
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