A simple editor for creating music box melodies with an animated music box that "plays" them for you.
Just click on the diamonds to generate a note and press play. There are some featured melodies included.
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The note sounds are from https://freesound.org/people/UbikPhonik/
Tech used :
- Animations are created by me in After Effects and exported as SVG animation which is then played in the browser with the lottie player. https://lottiefiles.com/web-player
- For the actual music box editor - vanilla JS
- for database firebase - https://firebase.google.com/
- for server - node.js with express
- for censoring bad words in a database - https://www.npmjs.com/package/bad-words
- code editor and hosting - repl.it https://repl.it/repls
Make sure you tune-up the box when first loading to cache the sounds and make sure they are loaded.
-save notes and load notes
-generate random notes
-tuning up the music box
-copy notes from sheet and auto-paste on next sheet
-add new block "+" and delete block "-" or press "++" to generate N blocks from input and "clear" to delete all.
-move notes with arrows
-toggle hold notes
-piece fast preview
-two blocks animating preview modes - show one block at a time or all blocks being visible while playing
-listen to the music only (radio icon) - remove all heavy matrix elements and generate a music output
-mixing notes - combine two or more pieces.
-build-in tunes: Ode of Joy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Star Wars Theme, Jurassic Park Theme, Elf Song.
--save notes to a database https://musicboxdb-2--anthony-tonev.repl.co/
My idea was to write an app that is simple enough to be beginner-friendly so anyone can learn to write simple music pieces without knowing complex note notations and also have an open-source note sharing system where users build melodies on top off or inspired by other users melodies.
Works best on a desktop with chrome in full-screen repl view.
I've added a guide that explains most of the stuff: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VuNxjiUfA3SQPqONgDC-7V46lHGHZw3rfcvPiS7jNRI/edit?usp=sharing
Here are some gifs that try to explain the rest of the stuff:
Navigate on the block with the arrows or swap between adjacent blocks or cross between adjacent blocks (there were some bugs with these - most are fixed - there is one know bug where notes in perfect vertical line will merge when doing the cross matrix thing - but making holes on them will allow them to cross)
Mix different projects by chaining their notes together - very useful if you want to create a playlist or if you want to work in parts to reduce memory consumption.
Navigate from top to bottom when loading, previewing and editing by pressing the elevator buttons.
Radio player - Press the radio icon to generate the music and DELETE the blocks with their notes and editing panels ( they can be generated again via the load button). If all you want to do is listening to your creation then you don't need all that 15x15 matrix stuff - this mode is the player part of the editor.
The fast preview feature: Preview notes at 2x speed of the current delay value. After that, it will reset back to normal speed. Sometimes you will want to preview faster to find bad notes. In that case, you don't want to switch delay all the time - just included a button for it.
- Lack of phone support.
- Not working in Edge.
- Adding and removing blocks is scrolling off.
- Too many features - after hackathon deadline ends I will try to trim it a bit.
Huge thanks to ebest and vedprad1 for the amazing content they have created - I will not be able to compose such awesome music even if I'm using professional tools. Also greatly appreciate their and everyone else's issue reports and feedback. ay
First song: THE FIRST SONG
Optimal delay: 300
When I made this, I noticed one thing when you load it up. If the song takes more then one block, you first have to add enough blocks for the song to fit in. This one takes 11 blocks! My suggestion is so that you can put the music code in the url.
London bridges falling up
Optimal delay is 200. 7 blocks required.
A classic: Ode to joy (Symphony No. 9) just slightly simplified to fit.
Optimal delay: 300. Blocks: 14
Any more songs to use?
@ebest wow, thanks alot I will add your song in the collection.
And yes that thing about loading them is not working well - it just loads notes. I have an object where I store notes, delay info and block count for community contributions. I will fix that to work the same way.
I will have to implement the url load for sure so I can make it like a community sharing thing but do you have any suggestions about a database maybe. I was thinking about firebase database where you just add a name and you get unique key plus that name and a version number if it's the same name - soma data about the song author etc. Or I can just make a node server and store them locally.
@ebest Yes I recognised them right away. I still think there should be the name of the person that added it as a box music. So I will name them like so : A. B. Gomme's "London Bridges falling down" by ebest.
BTW I have also added a button to generate n number of blocks (++ button next to load button).
Improved Ode to Joy:
@ebest I've added more notes - you can switch between 9 notes and 16 notes mode by pressing "more cowbells!/less cowbells" button. Old songs will still sound the same but now songs will also have a type - 'mini' for simple 9 notes one and 'grand' for 16 notes one. These are all the notes I could find - not sure if they work for all songs but at least they can cover more than before.
I have used a pack of sounds from freesounds.org that are named like so :
- I saw that some are missing, so I will try to find a pack with all notes - but this is very strange since this pack should have all notes from the box recorded. I guess it was not a note rich box.
@ebest it turns out I can - this is the code snippet
previewNote.currentTime = 0;
previewNote.volume = (volumeVal / 100);
//held notes part
previewNote.mozPreservesPitch = false; //something that does something
previewNote.playbackRate = 0.5; //the lower this is the longer the note will be heard
@Anthony_Tonev Finished! It uses all 16 notes.
@ebest wow - john williams, his jurrasic park score and starwars are the most recognisable - everyone can guess them.
btw I have just added the hold note - only 1 type for now - delay 0.4 and it activates when holding 1 right before clicking on a note. Just need to fix it in the load function.
@ebest load function is very primitive - not keeping it up with the new features. Load notes is just loading notes - it does not care for anything else. I will try to add it. On the button for community contribution it is updating the size. However it is recommended you switch to 16 first because you will need to tune the box anyway...
@ebest hold key '1' and press the note right away it will make a note 40% longer--it will be played but it does not work with load and move arrows yet, however it keeps it in save by adding a dot after the note coordinates. I plan to add more delay type although they seem very similar but first I will have to make some audio correction on the files because they have some amount of silence which affects the stretch or if I will edit them anyway I think I can make better long notes by adding sound effects on the audio file in audacity... I think this will be a better solution than roughly stretching it.