Thursday, July 25, 2013

Collaboratively Create Music In a Google+ Hangout

One of Kevin Hodgson's posts last week prompted me to revisit Soundation. Soundation is an online music creation tool that I tried a few years ago. Soundation provides five tracks on which you can place music clips and sound effects to mix together. To create your original work you can select from Soundation's gallery of free sounds, upload your own sounds, or record new sounds using the instruments and keyboard built into Soundation. When you've created something that you like, you can download it or share it in Soundation's gallery.

Soundation has a beta Google+ Hangout app. The Soundation Google+ Hangout app allows you to collaboratively create sound loops with your friends. The difference between using the Soundation Google+ Hangout app and using the Soundation website is that you cannot upload your own sounds to Soundation through Google+ Hangouts, you'll have to work with the sounds available through Soundation.

Applications for Education
One of the best ways to avoid any confusion or worry regarding copyright when your students create multimedia projects, is to have them create their own original works. Soundation could be a great tool for students to use to create sounds for podcasts, videos, and other multimedia works.