Looking for a quick ‘n easy Teen Tech Week program that can reach your local audioheads, from the pop superstar to the most jaded scenester? Perhaps you’re wondering how to get your teens thinking about copyright in light of the recent mixtape drama? Check out Splice Music, where your teens can mix, mashup, and make all-new jams without worry of running afoul of the RIAA.

Splice Music works by providing users with a web-based sequencer, with which they can record, arrange, and edit sounds. Every time somebody makes a song, all of the sounds and arrangements are available to all other users (via Creative Commons licensing). So even if your teens couldn’t sing or play an instrument to save their lives, they still have access to countless other user-created sounds to bend and shape at their will. And if that’s not enough, Splice Music taps into huge Creative Commons-licensed sound databases such as CCMixter.org and The Freesound Project to make sure that your teens can never run out of ideas.

To see it in action, check out this short demo video.

About Joseph Wilk

I'm a teen library assistant with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main location. Here, I'm the graphic novel and music librarian in addition to running anime, music, LGBTQ, incarcerated youth, and video programming. I'm happy to serve YALSA as a blogger, member of the Teen Tech Week committee, and as chair of the Music Interest Group. Otherwise, you can find me in da club.

One Thought on “Splice: Collaborative Music for the Remix Set

  1. As a note, our Teen Services team has made a small tutorial on SpliceMusic just to get youth started in using it. Our theme for our TTW event is to be music, and will be called TeenTech Mix. We’ll likely do a live demo of SpliceMusic there, as well as other music-related tech activities.

    Our feature page isn’t live yet, but should be within a few days; it will include the tutorial. The main purpose of the tutorial is simply to get them started and engaged. I’m a big fan of SpliceMusic!

    – Heath

    Heath M Rezabek – Teen Coordinator
    Austin Public Library – 800 Guadalupe – Austin TX – 78701
    heath.rezabek@ci.austin.tx.us – 512.974.7341 – http://www.wiredforyouth.com

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