I’m sure that this web application was created as a toy and I use that word in the best possible way. Toy as in productive and engagingly interactive.
In fact, it’s described as “magical”.
“Lo-Fi Player” is a magical room where you can interact with music. It’s powered by machine learning models from Google Magenta
Your first instinct will be to dive in and tinker and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. You interact with various objects around the room to play and adjust music and sounds.
Start by clicking here.
Here’s some of what you can do.
- Green ceiling lamp – restart (this is very nice to know)
- Guitar – volume, bass, and tone
- Synthesizer – sets the mood and instruments
- Clock – controls drums
- Big monitor – melody interpolation
- Desk – master control
- and there’s more
Engaging certainly is a good way to describe playing around with this toy. The more that I played, the more I realized that there’s a great deal that could be used in the classroom.
In the music classroom, the exploration lets you adjust key components in any tune that you might want to create.
In the computer science classroom, all the code is available on GitHub. After learning how to use the application, your students can explore how the magic happens.
Documentation for the project is available here. I had to chuckle a bit with the name of the project because it’s anything but low technology in my mind. The presentation will take you back to your Commodore 64 or Apple II days with the block graphics used to make something pretty engaging.
It doesn’t stop with the application; you can send commands to a magical room on YouTube.
Read the “possible command” at the bottom of the page to get a sense of what’s possible.
This toy has a great deal of possible mileage to it. Check it out to see if it deserves a place in your classroom.