Chrome Music Lab, Google’s tool to compose music in the browser: learn how to use it

Chrome Music Lab, Google’s tool to compose music in the browser: learn how to use it

Chrome Music Lab is probably one of the platforms created by Google most interesting in a long time. It is a music learning tool, which can be useful for both experts and novices who want to compose music.

This program on the web can be used from any browser, and according to what was explained in the report of computer todaywas devised by musicians from all over the worldwith free and open technology that favored the integration of designers and developers.

Chrome Music Lab was created in 2016 and since then its popularity has been on the rise. The platform has several experiments with different types of sounds, rhythms and melodiesall with a very colorful and quite powerful interface.

What does Chrome Music Lab use?

Getting into music, Chrome Music Lab uses sequencerswhich allow you to modify rhythms or create melodies, synthesizerswith which different sounds can be generated, and spectrogramswhich allow to appreciate the frequencies of the different musical instruments.

The platform has many functionalities to create music. The most interesting ones are reviewed below, with some tutorial videos of Youtube:

  • song maker: Users can produce their own songs with their favorite instruments and can draw and compose at the same time. The interface itself takes care that there are no mismatched notes to help newbies.
  • Rhythm: Allows you to generate rhythmic compositions with percussion instruments.
  • Sound Waves: We have a piano at our disposal, which when played moves a set of points depending on the frequency that we use in each note of the keyboard.
  • Spectogram: A spectrum analyzer that generates sound graphs with dark (infrequent sounds) and light (high frequency) areas.
  • chords: Identify major and minor chords
  • arpeggios: This term is used when notes are played successively in a chord, something that happens quite often on the guitar. In Chrome Music Lab we will have the possibility to create different types of arpeggios, such as major, minor, diminished, augmented, major seventh, major seventh and others.
  • harmonics: It is in charge of harmonizing the musical piece.
  • Kandinsky: Everything we draw will be converted into sound. Its name comes from the abstract art painter who believed that the composition of the painting was similar to that performed in music.
  • voice spinner: It is able to record sounds and then visualize the wave that they generate. Also, you can slow down or reverse the sound itself.
  • Melody Maker: It is an interface with different boxes that we have to press. Each represents a different note.
  • oscillators: is a tool where we can see represented everything that has to do with frequency, wave, timbre and pitch.