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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 projects involve music theory or tuning. Games with background music are not considered music projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
when gf clicked play note (60) for (0.25) beats play note (59) for (0.25) beats play note (67) for (0.5) beats play note (72) for (0.5) beats play note (64) for ((0.5) / (3)) beats play note (64) for ((0.5) / (3)) beats play note (76) for ((0.5) / (3)) beats play note (60) for (0.5) beats play note (55) for (0.5) beats play note (48) for (0.5) beats
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 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.
Many users create projects which have an MP3 file or any other file type as the main activity in the project. These projects are generally One Sprite One Script projects and are not difficult to recreate. However, these project are no longer allowed on the Scratch website as stated below in the "Music Projects Restriction" section.
when [space v] key pressed switch backdrop to [backdrop1 v] forever play sound [Song v] until done
Example of a One Sprite One Script project that plays a song.
Animated Music Videos (AMV):
- Radioactive AMV by kittymitty6868
- Paralyzed AMV by forever-
- What a Wonderful World by Awesomator8859
- Proof Recording (on violin) by Wolfshadow11
- On my Own Cover by ZaharaMar
- ~ You're Gonna Miss Me ~ by 4LeafClovR
Game music (music from games):
- Phineas and Ferb theme song...backwards! by mathfreak231
- Spongebob theme song BACKWORDS?! by Wolffeather
- Labyrinth Zone - Sonic 1 Reversed by gumcraft8
Note Block Project:
- A random song made by only music blocks by KrIsMa
- Music List API by Dylan5797
- Scratch Block Music by PreoKid
- BREAKING NEWS!!! by errpie
In early 2016, it had been reported that over 40,000+ URLs to music projects on Scratch were requested for take-down from the Google results by the British Phonographic Industry, due to the use of copyrighted music. No action was taken, however. This caused an outcry on the Scratch Community, 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. 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.