Here is the Day 3 challenge.
Explore playing a musical instrument with Scratch through the “play note” block in the Sound category. For example, you could play piano notes 1 to 120 at 240 bpm, with 0.5 beats per note. What triggers the playing? What happens while the notes are playing? (Remember, if you get stuck, find inspiration and support in the Teaching with Scratch Facebook group, our list of Getting Unstuck strategies, or on Twitter at #CreativeComputing.)
Add your Scratch projectto this studio to share how you approached today’s challenge. Then, check out and comment on some other examples in the studio!
Take a moment to reflect on your creative process in the Notes and Credits section of your project. What did you like most about your project? What would you do with it next, if you had more time?
What I’m thinking
#unpopularopinions I have never really liked any of the build a band type music projects in Scratch. I have played various musical instruments since I was 4 years old: piano, recorder, clarinet, trombone, electric and acoustic guitar, bass. I have a deep appreciation for music and was raised in a musical household. I have never been able to make a satisfying musical project in Scratch. Either projects are so simplified that they feel more like noise making, and I have nothing against noise making, you should listen to some of my old bands, OR projects I’ve seen are so complex, would require 30 or more hours to make, and would require reviving more music theory than I care to at the moment. I’m sure there is a balance in the middle somewhere, however I have not yet found it. I’ll set a limit on this one, I’ll work for just 1 hour on it. I’ll highlight the great work of others in the studio instead.
What I did
I went out during the day and spent most of the day out. I didn’t think much about the project. I came home and wanted to post something. I decided to try to create some rhythms and the feeling of a song by combining human and environmental sounds. I used a male and female sneeze, although I was told it sounds pornographic rather than amusing. I also added a couple of human beat box sounds. I cloned the bats and tried to have them make a noise when they bumped into each other. It was too hard to make and control a specific rhythm from the cloning. Overall I had more fun with this musical project than I usually have with music.
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