I’ve posted quite a few art and music-related sites over the past year — enough to warrant their own end-of-year list.
You might also be interested in last year’s edition:
The Best Art & Music Sites — 2009
In addition, here are several related “The Best…” lists that I’ve posted during the past year:
The Best Sites For Learning About Famous Art Thefts
The Best Examples Of “Unusual” Art
The Best Sites For Ideas On Making Simple Musical Instruments
Here are my choices for The Best Art & Music Sites — 2010:
Drips let you paint like Jackson Pollock, and you can save it online. And you don’t have to register for it. Even cooler, it gives you a choice of painting it with either your mouse or your webcam and computer microphone. With your webcam, you can use your cellphone light or something else as a brush and your voice to change the color. After you save it, you’re given its url address. Students can post it on a student/teacher blog or website and describe it, as well as comment on others made by their classmates.
Slimber is a very simple online drawing tool that requires no registration. Once you go to the website, you click on “painter” at the top, and you can begin creating. Once you’re finished, you can click “play” and it will “rerun” the artistic process you used. After clicking save, you can write a description of your image. Next, click on “gallery” where you can see your creation and get a url address or embed code.
Draw.to looks like a simple online drawing application. It’s easy to draw and then share your creation. Press the “c” on your keyboard to gain access to drawing in color.
The Guggenheim Museum has an amazing collection of eCards that can be sent by email and then its url address can be posted on a student/class blog or website.
Batlyrics is a new site that looks like a great place to quickly and easily find song lyrics.
Listen Music is a new web application that allows access to many, many songs. One nice feature is that you can also get the lyrics easily & quickly. It meets my “Raffi Test” by having a number of songs by that artist available.
The American Heart Association has unveiled a web application that lets you create a “hand symphony” and send the link of your creation to a friend or yourself. It can then be posted on a teacher website or blog. It’s designed to promote the Association’s new hands-only CPR, and the site also has a one minute video demonstrating it. It’s a fun site.
At Isle Of Tune, you create music by creating a city. Yes, that’s right, you “drag-and-drop” different parts of a city — homes, cars, trees, etc. — and each one has a musical tone. Then click “Go” and the car prompts the different elements to do their thing. No registration is required, and you’re given the url address of your creation to share. As a bonus to English Language Learners, the different parts of the city are labeled, so students can pick up vocabulary at the same time. Plus, they can describe their musical creations.
Ujam just became public yesterday. It seems pretty neat. Here’s how TechCrunch describes it:
All you do is hum, whistle, or sing, and Ujam can turn your voice into nearly any instrument and fix it so that it is in tune. You can also upload your own pre-recorded tracks or pick pre-existing tracks on Ujam from different styles of music (Kraftwerk, 80s Rock, Campfire Guitar). The Ujam music editor lets you change the instruments, tempo, pitch, and mix between vocals and music to create your own composition. Once you are done, you can save your songs and download them as MP3s for sharing.
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