Sonic Internet

There is so much to listen to on the internet and many ways of playing with sound.

Turn up the sound or plug in your headphones and allow your ears to guide you..

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Play drums

Turn your keyboard into an electronic drum set then try making drum patterns using the keys.

Use your mouse or trackpad to turn visual patterns into a soundfield with the Voice Interactive Visual Sound Applet.

Play with an online version of Roland’s classic TR-808 drum machine.

Direct an invisible drummer to play in different styles.

Or use Drumbot to select different drum loops to listen to or play along with.

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Program a sequence of drum sounds

Get started with programming your own drum machine.  Click the sideways triangle to start.

Get even more complex drum sequences and ways of changing your sounds with Drumbeat.

Add other instruments and sounds with the Online Sequencer.

Play, or “PLINK” with others on a virtual, multi-player sequencer.

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Do-It-Yourself Browser Music

Brilliant computer programming is allowing the computer user to create their own music using a variety of new “instruments.”  Click on the highlighted text to try some of these.

Type a word or phrase and hear a rhythm based on the letters and spaces.

myNoise.net is a sophisticated whitenoise generator that allows the user to change to the volume level of specific frequency bands–check out the purring kitten sounds!

Draw a little scribble and this program interprets it and loops it.  Try adjusting the waveform and length of loop to vary the sound, and select different pitches on the keyboard icon to create chords or tone clusters.

Draw lines with your curser to create surfaces for the toning bouncing balls.

The New York City subway system is turned into a harp.

Ambient:  Critically massed “Buddha Machine” opportunity; click on the buttons to activate dreamy sound loops.

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Phonography

Awareness and practice of phonography continues to grow, inspiring, inviting all of us to listen closely to the world around us.  Quiet American offers one-minute location recordings from around the world.  Get involved with advocacy for our sonic environment with the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.  Search for “phonography” or any other sound at the Free Sound Project.  From the search results page, you can play more than one sound at a time.  Check out the samples of frogs!

Meta-Phonography

NASA’s Earth Songs – listen to the Earth’s natural radio emissions via a Very Low Frequency antenna

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Instrumental Improvisation

Play Ken Brashear’s Virtual Drumset with your mouse.  Try out other virtual drumsets at Virtual Drumming.

Click knobs on Nick’s Virtual Synthesizer.

Virtual celesta?  Try out the interactive music box.

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Learning about sound

Decibels?  What are they?

Educypedia gives a detailed explanation of how string and wind instruments produce sound.

The Soundry features applets/in-browser applications that demonstrate acoustic principles of beating, the Doppler effect, and harmonics.

A large collection of sound phenomenon demonstrated and explained from a physics perspective.

Listening through the Exploratorium.

Explore the Sound Site for listening games and activities.

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Learning about music & instrument resources

Explore Morton Subotnick’s Creating Music – pages and pages of music learning concepts from a pioneering electroacoustic composer.

Method Behind the Music has a great flash keyboard you can use to find reference pitches, practice arpeggios and scales; improvise.

Check your guitar harmony here.  More lessons in guitar harmony at Chordbook.

See chords for ukelele.

What’s this?

Take a ride on the Moody Motorcycle singing face with moveable parts.

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Recommended Radio

One of local audio guru and Jack Straw engineer Doug Haire’s long standing projects, Sonarchy is broadcast on KEXP 90.3 at midnight Sunday nights.  Always a signal path in to Doug’s latest example of fresh sounds of the area.  And always available for streaming or podcast.

Create personalized radio stations and be introduced to music you may like on Pandora.

New application seeking to provide music according to listener’s mood – the Musicovery.  (caution, takes a while to load up and is processor intensive)

KEXP  SeattleKBCS  BellevueKPFA  BerkeleyWFMU  Jersey

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