Chrome Music Lab: The Easiest Gateway to Musical Innovation

Aspiring music composers and producers, an amazing platform awaits you. In an age where technology is the path to everything and the Internet is the enabler, our engagements with music are also governed by the same. It all began with online music streaming platforms and now it has evolved to digital workstations as well. Just as the digital landscape offers a wide variety of tools, among these, Chrome Music Lab is a unique and accessible platform that not only facilitates musical exploration but also serves as a valuable educational resource for many users. 

Through this article, let us delve deeper into the realm of Chrome Music Lab. It has a wide and assorted array of features, values and an amazing vibrant community. Let us look into everything it has to offer and unravel the mystery that is Chrome Music Lab. But rest assured, it won’t remain a mystery by the end of this article. 

What is Chrome Music Lab? 

Chrome Music Lab
Chrome Music Lab

Created and launched in 2016, Chrome Music Lab is an online platform that offers musical education through their lively and fun hands-on experiments and features. Ever since its introduction, it has helped many, especially teachers. The use of Chrome Music Lab as a tool for learning has become an interesting and enjoyable class experience as it connects to science, maths, art and more. But it is not just limited to learning about music but also creating music. The platform offers a Song Maker where users can experiment with making their own songs. 

Apart from being such an extensive platform, it does not require its users to make an account to avail the features. The access to its website is open to all wherein the user can open the platform and begin their journey. Subsequently, it offers options for collaboration, making it perfect for budding musicians and composers. 

The most important aspect of Chrome Music Lab, the experiments, are all built with freely accessible web technology such as Web Audio API, WebMIDI, Tone.js and many others. Since these tools are freely accessible, it makes it easier for the users to interact and experiment. With being an open access platform, it is available and operational across all devices- the only requirement being the browser, Chrome. 

Features and Experiments of Chrome Music Lab

Shared Piano

Just like the name suggests, this is one of the best examples of a collaborative feature. It is a live online piano feature where the user can invite anyone they please with the help of a link or the code provided and work/learn together. The option is not limited to just piano features, it also offers drum kit, drum machine, marimba, synth, woodwind and strings. An assortment of settings provided within the feature offers any changes such as octaves, notes, note names and customisation.


To learn the fundamentals of rhythm and melody, this is the best feature. Rhythms are patterns of sound in time wherein the most common rhythm repeats every four beats. This feature offers a variety of instruments that could be used to explore and learn about rhythms.


A spectrogram is a picture of sound. It shows the frequencies that make up the sound, from low to high, any changes in them over time. This feature, again, offers a wide variety of instruments that could be experimented with to compare spectrograms of different sounds. The various instruments and sounds include flute, harp, whistle, trombone, drum machine, bird sounds, modem and wine glass. The users can even put their own audio files or even their voices to see what that spectrogram looks like.

Sound Waves

Propagation of sound is through its waveform, thus it becomes an important aspect to study and understand the nature of sound waves. This feature offers a closer look at a sound wave and the manner in which it functions.


Kandinsky Chrome Music Lab

For those interested in the intersection of art and music, Chrome Music Lab offers the Kandinsky experiment, inspired by the abstract artwork of Wassily Kandinsky. This experiment allows users to create musical compositions based on colours, translating visual input into auditory output. It’s a fascinating exploration of synesthesia and the ways in which different sensory modalities can intersect. The Kandinsky experiment is a creative way to explore the relationship between visual elements and musical concepts like melody and harmony. It’s a fun tool for both beginners and experienced musicians to experiment with composition in a visually engaging way.

Voice Spinner

Just like a record player, the voice spinner feature offers a course of settings that allows the user to slow, fast, forward or backward the audio file or sound to hear how these different effects sound. It experiments with the pitch of one’s voice, lowering it or making it higher. It is an amazing tool to understand the different sound effects. 

Piano Roll

Historically, a piano roll is a piece of paper that could be fed into a self-playing piano to make it play a piece. This experiment is inspired by piano rolls wherein you can see the notes flow in and out, back and forth and change the sound according to your preference.


Harmonics Chrome Music Lab

Harmonics refer to the frequencies of pitches that vibrate in multiples of whole integers in comparison to the fundamental frequency. The fundamental frequency is the lowest possible pitch for any given sound. Thus, this tool begins with the smallest multiple of pitch increasing with each consecutive multiple.


An oscillation is basically a repetition of something over and over again, thus going by the name this experiment makes sound by vibrating/oscillating at a steady speed which is its frequency. There are various shapes with the same frequency like square, sawtooth, triangle, and sine. The difference in their frequencies  can be heard by tapping at different levels on the screen itself.


The pitch of a string is dependent on its length. Thus, this tool offers an exploration of that mathematical relationship.

Experiments and Music Creating Features in Chrome Music Lab

Song Maker

The Song Maker of Chrome Music Lab is one of its most embellished features. By allowing the users to compose their own melodies, this tool lets you play around with music in the most intuitive and fun ways. A selection of instruments ranging from pianos to synthesisers, users can experiment with different sounds and rhythms to create whatever they wish to make, any unique composition. 

Melody Maker

Melodies are a common interface in composing music. This feature offers a grip where the time moves left and right and the pitch goes up and down. Notes can be added by clicking on add notes with an option to adjust the sound. You can play and listen to the melody and make any modifications you please. 


As mentioned earlier that a chord is made up of notes, this experimental tool allows the user to play chords starting with the note they selected. It is only available on a piano with a major and minor key.

Accessibility and Community

One of the greatest strengths of Chrome Music Lab lies in its accessibility. As a web-based platform, it can be accessed on any device with an internet connection, making it available to users around the globe. Whether you’re on a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can dive into the world of music with just a few clicks. Alongside the interactive experiments, Chrome Music Lab provides educational resources and explanations to help users understand musical concepts and principles. These resources include guides, tutorials, and tips for using the platform effectively.

Moreover, the community surrounding the platform is an excellent example for musicians of all skill levels. On this platform, musicians from diverse backgrounds come together to share and express their love of music. Be it beginners or seasoned professionals; be it collaborative projects, education initiatives or just tips and tricks, the Chrome Music Lab community is an amazing inspiration and support system to those within and without the community, to everyone who is on a musical endeavour.

Concluding Remarks

In conclusion, Chrome Music Lab is way more than just a collection of digital experiments. It is a music teacher’s aid, it is a beginner’s ray of hope, it is a getaway. Musical exploration and education packed into one interesting, entertaining and pedagogical platform, Chrome Music Lab is an invaluable resource for musicians, educators and enthusiasts alike. Whether you are a beginner trying to learn or a professional looking for new inspirations, this is the platform for you. So, don’t wait up, dive in! Chrome Music Lab is not one to disappoint once you unravel all its mysteries.

Rutva Chaudhari

I am Rutva Chaudhari, an undergraduate at Christ University, Bangalore. I am a student under the programme of BA (English Honours). My interests lie in reading, writing and music. I am an avid reader with a liking for fantasy and dark academia while my writing ranges over a wide variety of areas. My music taste is dominated by indie rock and alt rock music though I enjoy pop as well. As far as my other interests are considered, I do enjoy theatre from time to time and of course, anything that has a pop culture reference. I take great interest in British Literature and Greek Mythology and also, last but not the least, gaming. I go by the quote given by Leigh Bardugo, “When people say impossible, they mean improbable”.

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