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An image of a self-composed music project.

A music project is a project where music plays a key role. They might involve imported music files or music generated or recorded with the Scratch program.

Popular forms of music projects include interactive instruments, music videos, and games involving striking, hitting, or playing notes in a sequence to form a song (known as rhythm games). Other types of music projects include videos or recordings of Scratchers or other artists performing music. Some significantly less common types of music project involve music theory or tuning. Games with background music are not considered music projects.

Types

Interactive Instruments

Sounds can be generated by the Scratch program, which allows the user to choose from a variety of instruments. Currently, there are 21 different instrument timbres that can be used.

Alternatively, for more realistic sounds, Scratchers can record themselves with the Scratch program's microphone.

AMV

An AMV, or "Animated Music Video," is an animation shaped around the lyrics and tune of a song played in the background. They are very popular on Scratch and often reach the front page.

Recordings

Recordings vary in style and genre: they can be vocal or instrumental, pop or classical.[1] They are also known as covers.[2]

Music from Games, Movies, or TV shows

Some projects recreate music from games, movies, or TV shows. This can be done by using sound blocks, or by using a recording or video. This type of music project is not to be confused with game projects that simply have music playing in the background.

Reverse Music

Some projects play existing songs in reverse, often made for amusement or humor. This is made with the Sound Editor. Some reversed music projects will have "lyrics" added in them, which references "backmasking", a music technique.

Self-Composed Music

Chords can be created by playing two or more of these scripts at the same time!

Some Scratchers compose their own music and release it on Scratch. Music can be created in a digital program, or can even be a recording.

Note Block Projects

Some users prefer to make music in Scratch by taking advantage of its sound blocks. Users can build scripts with music blocks that play in sequence. Multiple scripts played together can create chords.

UTAU Songs

UTAU is a free singing software named after the Japanese word for "To Sing." Many Scratch users have created their own UTAU characters and shared songs featuring them.

Examples

Interactive Instruments:

Animated Music Videos (AMV):

Recordings:

Game music (music from games):

Reverse music:

Self-Composed Music:

Note Block Project:

Copyright Infringement

In early 2016, it had been reported that over 40,000+ URLs to music projects on Scratch have been requested for take-down from the Google results by the British Phonographic Industry,[3] due to the use of copyrighted music. No action was taken, however.[4] This caused an outcry on the Scratch Community,[5] similar to the notable events of Removed Pac-Man Project and Animation Hall of Fame.

Music Projects Restriction

On June 8, 2017, it was announced that projects solely playing music not by the creator will be taken down, due to the possible risk of copyright infringement and not promoting creativity in general.[6] Many users complained about this, because other sites for downloading music, such as YouTube, are blocked in schools, and that users can easily use the backpack for getting music to use in projects instead of having to download them to their computer.

See Also

References

  1. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/114285509/
  2. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/97849249/
  3. https://torrentfreak.com/creative-kids-turn-mit-website-into-a-piracy-haven-160123/
  4. https://transparencyreport.google.com/copyright/domains/mit.edu?hl=en
  5. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/179820/
  6. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/265161/