Why won't that music website load?

 

It’s not you, it’s your browser (usually)

If you are having trouble loading an interactive music website – such as the Chrome Music Lab, or this 808 Drum Machine – or using cloud-based music software like Soundation, you might just need to change your choice of browser in order to make it work.

Many of these creative music websites are built using Web Audio API and it not supported by all browsers.  Most problematic is usually Internet Explorer.  If you want some further information about which browsers support web audio, take a look at this page (red = not supported, green = good!).

 

Best browser options

Whilst some will work ok on Internet Explorer, nearly all of these music sites themselves recommend you use Chrome or Firefox.  Even if the site does load in Internet Explorer, it may be “glitchy” (the term used by my 10-year-old son).

If you have more than one browser installed on your computer, any links you click on will automatically open in your default browser.  You have control over which browser that is and you can change it at any time.

I would suggest setting Chrome or Firebox as your default browser instead of Internet Explorer.

Instructions:

 

If it’s not that, it may be your internet speed

There sites do require semi-decent internet speed and if you’re at a school that has slow or patchy internet access (which is out of your control), you may need to give these sites a miss and use a different resource.